Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn

Wiscon 37: Monday

Our event Monday was the panel on "Marvelous Women of the Middle Ages," at 10AM. This time it was "our" panel, since I was pinch-hitting for Betsy Urbik, who ran out of prep time due to the danger of flooding at her home. Betsy, however, had notes from Cynthia Gonsalves, who couldn't come at all due to family issues. I filled in since Betsy had been going to present on Joan of Arc. Although Joan of Arc isn't obscure, there was much to tell about her that was new to the audience, and Joan is closely connected to two of the other women we were discussing, Yolanda of Aragon, who may have helped work Joan into the confidence of her son-in-law, the Dauphin of France, and Catherine de Pizan, first female professional author and feminist writer, who eulogized Joan in her epic "Poem of Jeanne d' Arc."

Besides presenting on Yolanda of Aragon, Georgie covered "Black Agnes" Randolph, defender of Dunbar Castle. Betsy/Cynthia, Madeleine Robins, and Valerie Guyant all contributed pieces on fascinating women and we had some good audience participation as well. Unfortunately, I wasn't taking notes at the time and don't recall names, but Georgie was and will be doing a writeup on the panel that I will post here when she gets it done.

We had a reasonably safe drive home though the fog and rain, and so put another WisCon to bed. We are signed up for next year, as usual.

Guests of Honor for WisCon 38 will be Hiromi Goto and N.K. Jemisin.

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