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Noblewomen, Aristocracy and Power in the Twelfth-Century Anglo-Norman Realm
This is the first study of noblewomen in 12th-century England and Normandy, and of the ways in which they exercised power. It draws on a rich mix of evidence to offer an important reconceptualization of women's role in aristocratic society, and in doing so suggests new ways of looking at lordship and the ruling elite in the high middle ages. The book considers a wide range...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 20th 2003 by Manchester University Press
(first published July 10th 2003)
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I was impressed by the depth of the research Johns did on her work. Power is particularly universal topic to pursue yet she managed to make her point using specific situations and senarios which brought real lives into focus. The link between land, money and power was clearly delinated and gave considerable strength to her arguments even while her source material was occasionally problematic.