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Noblewomen, Aristocracy and Power in the Twelfth-Century Anglo-Norman Realm$
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Susan M. Johns

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063046

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063046.001.0001

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Noblewomen, Aristocracy and Power in the Twelfth-Century Anglo-Norman Realm
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Susan M. Johns

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719063046.003.0001

This book explores the place of noblewomen in twelfth-century English and, to a lesser extent, Norman society. It also investigates the roles of noblewomen within lordship and in so doing clarifies important aspects of noblewomen's power. The analytical framework upon which the book is constructed draws on recent theoretical developments in the history of women and power and utilises traditional scholarly approaches to the study of the twelfth century. In so doing, it re-defines the nature of twelfth-century lordship. Therefore, it is intended as a contribution to the debate over the role and meaning of female power in the context of the interaction of gender and lordship in twelfth-century society.

Keywords:   noblewomen, twelfth-century English society, Norman society, lordship, female power, gender

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