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By Susan M. Johns

ISBN-10: 0719063051

ISBN-13: 9780719063053

This is often the 1st research of noblewomen in 12th-century England and Normandy, and of the ways that they exercised energy. It attracts on a wealthy mixture of facts to provide an immense reconceptualization of women's position in aristocratic society, and in doing so indicates new methods of taking a look at lordship and the ruling elite within the excessive heart a while. The ebook considers a variety of literary resources reminiscent of chronicles, charters, seals and governmental documents to attract out an in depth photograph of noblewomen within the 12th-century Anglo-Norman realm. It asserts the significance of the lifecycle in settling on the facility of those aristocratic girls, thereby demonstrating that the effect of gender on lordship used to be profound, advanced and sundry. ** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Rothwell (London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1975), pp. 88–9. 67 Chronicle of John of Worcester, pp. 66–7; for Margaret see p. 31. Her seal, Appendix 1, no. 20. 68 Gransden, Historical Writing, p. 146. , p. 147. For the image of Queen Margaret see L. Huneycutt, ‘The idea of a perfect princess: the Life of Saint Margaret in the reign of Matilda II (1100–18)’, ANS, 12 (1990 for 1989), 81–97. Her meaning as a saint: R. Folz, Les Saintes reines de Moyen Âge en Occident (VIe–XIIIe siècles) (Brussels: Société des Bollandistes, 1992), p.

R. Howlett, in Chronicles of the Reigns of Stephen, Henry II and Richard I (4 vols, RS, 82, 1884), 1. , by Gervase, the Monk of Canterbury, ed. W. Stubbs (2 vols, RS, 73, 1879–80), 1. 246. 49 William of Newburgh, Historia Rerum Anglicarum, p. 246. 50 Stafford, ‘Emma’, p. 14; Duby, ‘Women and power’, p. 78. 51 Matthew Paris, Historia Anglorum, ed. F. Madden (3 vols, RS, 44, 1866–69), 1. 381: Comitissa vero superba nimis, annulem habens in digito cum gemma pretioissima, in amnen prope fluentum prae indignatione projecit, nolens hostibus de sua captione tantum habere proventum.

65 The Histoire de la Guillame le Maréchal, written about 1226, shows that Nichola’s defence of Lincoln facilitated the penetration of Lincoln by Peter des Roches bishop of Winchester before the final battle which ended the siege. He entered the castle by a secret entrance and met Nichola, a ‘noble lady to whom the castle belonged and was defending it as best she could’. 66 It is interesting that the author of the Histoire accepted Nichola’s role without comment: she was ‘noble’ and defended as ‘best she could’.

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