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

Susan M. Johns

Abstract

This is a study of noblewomen in twelfth-century England and Normandy, and of the ways in which they exercised power. It draws on a mix of evidence to offer a 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. The book considers a wide range of literary sources—such as chronicles, charters, seals and governmental records—to draw out a detailed picture of noblewomen in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm. It asserts the importance of the life-cycle in determining the power of thes ... More

Keywords: noblewomen, twelfth-century England, Normandy, power, aristocratic society, lordship, ruling elite, Middle Ages, Anglo-Norman, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780719063046
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719063046.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan M. Johns, author