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Medieval Elite Women and the Exercise of Power, 1100–1400

Moving beyond the Exceptionalist Debate

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Reconceptualizes the categories, definitions, practice, and periodization of women’s exercise of power

  • Examines women in positions of both secular and religious authority

  • Offers a variety of case studies that cover women’s patronage of art and literature, the role of women in establishing dynasties, the impact of bureaucracy, and the influence of female religious communities, among other topics

Part of the book series: The New Middle Ages (TNMA)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    • Heather J. Tanner, Laura L. Gathagan, Lois L. Huneycutt
    Pages 1-18
  3. Emma of Ivry, c. 1008–1080

    • Charlotte Cartwright
    Pages 91-111
  4. A Lifetime of Power: Beyond Binaries of Gender

    • Theresa Earenfight
    Pages 271-293
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 295-310

About this book

For decades, medieval scholarship has been dominated by the paradigm that women who wielded power after c. 1100 were exceptions to the “rule” of female exclusion from governance and the public sphere. This collection makes a powerful case for a new paradigm. Building on the premise that elite women in positions of authority were expected, accepted, and routine, these essays traverse the cities and kingdoms of France, England, Germany, Portugal, and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem in order to illuminate women’s roles in medieval power structures. Without losing sight of the predominance of patriarchy and misogyny, contributors lay the groundwork for the acceptance of female public authority as normal in medieval society, fostering a new framework for understanding medieval elite women and power.

Keywords

  • Medieval Women
  • Ann McNamara
  • Suzanne Wemple
  • primogeniture
  • central Middle Ages
  • monarchy
  • lordship
  • queenship
  • Royal women
  • Medieval queens
  • Viragos
  • Queen Anne
  • Emma of Ivry
  • Countess Ermengard of Brittany
  • Constance of Antioch
  • Isabella de Clare
  • female religious communities
  • Salian queens
  • Catherine of Aragon

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of History, The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

    Heather J. Tanner

About the editor

Heather J. Tanner is Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University, USA. She is the author of Families, Friends and Allies: Boulogne and Politics in Northern France and England c. 879–1160.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Medieval Elite Women and the Exercise of Power, 1100–1400

  • Book Subtitle: Moving beyond the Exceptionalist Debate

  • Editors: Heather J. Tanner

  • Series Title: The New Middle Ages

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01346-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-01345-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-01346-2

  • Series ISSN: 2945-5936

  • Series E-ISSN: 2945-5944

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVII, 310

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: History of Medieval Europe, History of Early Modern Europe, Feminism and Feminist Theory, Medieval Literature

Buying options

eBook
USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-01346-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 149.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)