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The Most Perfect Knight’s Countess: Isabella de Clare, Her Daughters, and Women’s Exercise of Power and Influence, 1190–ca. 1250

  • Linda E. Mitchell
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Abstract

Isabella de Clare, the wife of William le Marshal—and the heiress through whom he acquired his wealth, titles, and influence—has been far less studied than her famous husband. The same is true of their daughters. The careers of Countess Isabella and three of her five daughters who are the focus of this article—Maud Bigod Warenne, Isabelle de Clare Plantagenet, and Eva de Braose—demonstrate that they were political actors in their own right. These women were strategic in their political activities, associating themselves and their marital kin with their own siblings rather than becoming subsumed under their husbands’ political shadows. This pattern of kinship-based political activity within the larger Marshal kinship became the standard mode of action for successive generations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Linda E. Mitchell
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  1. 1.University of Missouri–Kansas CityKansas CityUSA

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