Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 July 2003

288 Pages | 1 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719063053

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Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm

Susan M. Johns

Published by Manchester University Press

Gender in History MUP

  • 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

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