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... more...