September 3, 2019 at 10:59 am

Shadis Publishes, Presents on Queenship in Medieval Europe

Dr. Miriam Shadis, portrait

Dr. Miriam Shadis

Dr. Miriam Shadis, Associate Professor of History and a Center for Law, Justice & Culture faculty affiliate at Ohio University, maintains an active research agenda, including international conferences and many publications.

Shadis recently published two essays. The first, “Unexceptional women: Auctoritas, Potestas, and Queenship in Early Portugal,” appeared in Medieval Elite Women and the Exercise of Power, 1100-1400:  Moving Beyond the Exceptionalist Debate, edited by Heather Tanner (New York: Palgrave Press, New Middle Ages Series): 247-270. The second, “Happier in Daughters than in Sons: The Children of Alfonso VIII of Castile and Leonor Plantagenet,” appeared in King Alfonso VIII of Castile: Government, Family, and War, ed. Damian Smith, Miguel Gomez, and Kyle Lincoln. (New York: Fordham University Press, 2019): 80-101.

She also published a review of Penelope Nash’s Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: Medieval Female Rulership and the Foundations of European Society (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2017) in Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies 93.3 (July 2019): 870-871.

In addition to her publications, Shadis recently participated in several conferences. At the the Kings and Queens 8 conference, held on June, 26,  2019, in Catania, Italy, she presented “Signs of Use: Ritual and Queenship in Early Portugal.” While in Catania, she visited several historical locations she regularly teaches about.

A 12th-century funerary tablet in Greek, Arabic, Hebrew and Latin.

A 12th-century funerary tablet in Greek, Arabic, Hebrew and Latin.


Shadis also participated in a roundtable on Lucy Pick’s Her Father’s Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms (Cornell University Press, 2017) at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, held on May 11, 2019, in Kalamazoo, Mich. Also at this conference, Shadis served as a commentator on panel titled “Women, Power, and Gender in Medieval Iberia: In Memory of Simon Barton (1962-2017).

For more on Shadis’s research and teaching, visit her department profile.

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