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The military leadership of Matilda of Canossa, 1046-1115

Author: David J Hay
Publisher: Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press, 2008.
Series: Gender in history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first account in English of the entire, 40-year military career of one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. Challenging the boundaries between military and gender history, it explains how one famous noblewoman rose to the defence of the reforming papacy, defeated the Holy Roman Emperor and turned the tide of the first great war between Church and state." "Despite the general neglect of Matilda  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Matilde, di Canossa contessa; Matilde, di Canossa contessa; Mathilde, Tuszien Markgräfin.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David J Hay
ISBN: 9780719073588 0719073588
OCLC Number: 154789126
Description: xii, 288 pages : maps, genealogical table ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Matilda of Canossa and the 'investiture contest' --
Going to Canossa: Matilda's rise to power, 1046-74 --
Baptism by fire: The outbreak of war to the Battle of Sorbara, 1075-84 --
A 'feminine triumph': Matilda's counterattack and the emperor's defeat, 1085-95 --
La gran contessa: Matilda's later campaigns, 1096-1115 --
'Weakness of sex': Matilda and medieval constructions of gender --
Conclusions: Matilda's campaigns and the study of women's military leadership.
Series Title: Gender in history.
Responsibility: David J. Hay.
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The first account in English of the entire, 40-year military career of one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. Surveying a vast range of contemporary sources, it explains how Countess  Read more...

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