Noblewomen, Aristocracy and Power in the Twelfth-century Anglo-Norman Realm

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Manchester University Press, 2003 - History - 276 pages
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This is a study of noblewomen in 12th-century England and Normandy, and of the ways in which they exercised power. It draws on a rich mix of evidence to offer an important reconceptualization of women's role in aristocratic society, and in doing so suggests new ways of looking at lordship and the ruling elite in the high Middle Ages. charters, seals and governmental records, to draw out a detailed picture of noblewomen in the 12th-century Anglo-Norman realm. It asserts the importance of the life-cycle in determining the power of these aristocratic women, thereby demonstrating that the influence of gender on lordship was profound, complex and varied. studies, as well as those interested in the experience of women and those working on lordship and feudalism.

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Power and portrayal
13
Patronage and power
30
Countesses
53
Copyright

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Susan M. Johns was Lecturer in Medieval History at the University of Huddersfield 1994-97.

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