Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century by Susan M. Johns

By Susan M. Johns

the 1st significant paintings on noblewomen within the 12th century and Normandy, and of the ways that they exercised energy. bargains a tremendous reconceptualisation of women's position in aristocratic society and indicates new methods of taking a look at lordship and the ruling elite within the excessive heart a long time. Considers a variety of literary resources reminiscent of chronicles, charters, seals and governmental documents to attract out a close photo of noblewomen within the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm. Asserts the significance of the life-cycle in settling on the ability of aristocratic ladies. Demonstrates that the effect of gender on lordship used to be profound, complicated and varied.

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