Women, Power, and Religious Patronage in the Middle Ages (New Middle Ages Series)

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Overview

As sisters and successive countesses of Flanders and Hainaut in the thirteenth century, Jeanne and Marguerite actively shaped the political landscape of northern Europe, and compiled an impressive record of monastic patronage. By examining a significant corpus of secular and monastic charters, this study provides a more complex understanding of the role of religious patronage in medieval society, and illuminates concerns specific to powerful women. It simultaneously illustrates the use of patronage to further their political agendas, offering a glimpse of the experience of female rulers in a period when their actions were often constrained and obscured by gender bias.

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"Jordan provides an interesting, very readable, glimpse of the political and religious lives of Jeanne and Marguerite of Flanders. There are moments of real insight, as well as arguments that have significant potential for our examinations of other medieval female rulers and our analysis of the larger role of women in positions of authority in the Middle Ages."--Medieval Feminist Review

"Jordan's reconsideration of political narrative and attentive analysis of over a thousand charters issued by Jeanne and Marguerite show us exactly how to research the history of medieval women: look at what they did, not what men said and say about them."--Speculum

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403966568
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/27/2006
  • Series: New Middle Ages Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Erin L. Jordan is currently Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado. Her research to date has focused on various aspects of religious patronage. She has published several articles exploring monastic orders and their patrons in northern European during the thirteenth century. Her current project explores Cistercian nunneries in Flanders and Hainaut during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Countesses of Flanders and Hainaut
• Power and Authority in the Thirteenth Century: Noblewomen as Political Actors
• The Paradox of Gender: Exercising Power in a Patriarchal World
• The Conjunction of Piety and Politics
• Securing Salvation: Religious Patronage and Women
• Conclusion

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