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The New Middle Ages

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

Moving beyond the Exceptionalist Debate

Editors: Tanner, Heather J. (Ed.)

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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
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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.

About the authors

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.

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-18

    Tanner, Heather J. (et al.)

  • Power and Agency in Post-Conquest England: Elite Women and the Transformations of the Twelfth Century

    Pages 19-43

    DeAragon, RāGena C.

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

    Pages 45-65

    Mitchell, Linda E.

  • Beyond Good Queen Anne: Anne of Bohemia, Patronage, and Politics

    Pages 67-89

    Geaman, Kristen L.

  • Emma of Ivry, c. 1008–1080

    Pages 91-111

    Cartwright, Charlotte

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01346-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01345-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

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
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01346-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01346-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01345-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 310
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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