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Melisende Queen of Jerusalem: Co-Rule and Conflict in the Kingdom of Heaven

22 Apr 2022 11:22 AM | Gordon Reynolds (Administrator)

Online Lecture by Hayley Bassett, University of Cardiff, Wednesday 4 May, 7–8pm (BST)

When Baldwin II King of Jerusalem died on 22 August 1131, his eldest daughter Melisende became Jerusalem’s first regnant Queen and was crowned jointly with her husband Fulk and infant son Baldwin III. This talk will examine the monarchical relationship between Melisende and her co-rulers; firstly with her father Baldwin II until his death in 1131, then with her husband Fulk until his death in 1143 and finally with her son Baldwin III until she stood aside in 1152. Co-rule was not a harmonious partnership and the kingdom was brought to civil war twice during Melisende’s reign as the men she ruled with sought to wield power alone. 

Hayley Bassett is a PhD student at Cardiff University. Her research interests include Anglo-Norman politics and diplomacy, particularly royal succession, regnant queenship, marriage, consorts and gender authority. In 2021 she received the St John Historical Society Award for original research. She is a contributor to Queens in Waiting: Potential and Prospective Queens, Ambitions and Expectations, due to be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2022.

This talk will take place over Zoom and live subtitles will be provided by Stagetext. A link will be provided when you book your ticket through Eventbrite UK.

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