Berenguela of Castile (1180–1246) and Political Women in the high middle ages

  • Authors
  • Miriam Shadis

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Miriam Shadis
    Pages 1-21
  3. Miriam Shadis
    Pages 97-121
  4. Miriam Shadis
    Pages 173-176
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-251

About this book


The women in the family which ruled thirteenth-century Castile used maternity, familial and political strategy, and religious and cultural patronage to secure their personal power as well as to promote their lineage. Leonor of England, and her daughters Blanche of Castile (queen of France), Urraca (queen of Portugal), Costanza (a Cistercian nun of Las Huelgas) and Leonor, (queen of Aragon) provide the context for a study focusing on Berenguela of Castile, queen of Leon through marriage and of Castile by right of inheritance, whose most significant accomplishment was to enable the successful rule of her son Fernando.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2009
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-38633-8
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-10313-9
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