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

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

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

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. -- .


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

About the Author

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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Publication date

10th July 2003


Susan M. Johns

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Manchester University Press


288 pages


Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500

Genealogy, heraldry, names & honours



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