Deadline extended to September 20, 2012
For our proposed panel for Leeds 2013 tentatively titled 'It's good to be the king (or queen)!: The pleasures and pitfalls of exercising power in the Middle Ages'. Being a medieval ruler was an job with amazing perks but one where being fired meant being packed off to a monastery/convent, being blinded or unfit to exercise office or, if you were really unlucky, murdered. This panel aims to examine the best and worst element of the monarchal experience and invites papers which highlight the highs and lows of exercising power. Possible topics in the positive side could include investigations of medieval palaces, royal wardrobes, hunting, jousting and other entertainments and examination of the royal prerogative. On the negative side, suggestions might include examples of pleasure loving princes (or princesses!) who neglected their duties or exercised their power ineffectively or with too much gusto. A final possiblity would be advice from 'mirrors for princes' and other instructional literature for princes on appropriate/inappropriate pleasures and the balance between work and play. Papers set in any geographical context between 500-1500 would be suitable. If you are interested in taking part, please submit a proposal of @250 words to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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