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

by Susan M. Johns

Part of the Gender in History Series

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

The first major work on noblewomen in the twelfth century and Normandy, and of the ways in which they exercised power. Offers an important reconceptualisation of women's role in aristocratic society and suggests new ways of looking at lordship and the ruling elite in the high middle ages. 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. Asserts the importance of the life-cycle in determining the power of aristocratic women. Demonstrates that the influence of gender on lordship was profound, complex and varied. -- .

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

This is a highly original and ambitious book which has no modern equivalent. Theoretically up-to-date and innovative, it reaches back into conventional historiography and offers new and exciting insights into the subject. --David Bates, University of Glasgow

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719063053
Publication date: 10th July 2003
Author: Susan M. Johns
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours,

About Susan M. Johns

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

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