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Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda : medieval female rulership and the foundations of European society

Author: Penelope Nash
Publisher: New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017] ©2017
Series: Queenship and power.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book compares two successful, elite women, Empress Adelheid (931-999) and Countess Matilda (1046-1115), for their relative ability to retain their wealth and power in the midst of the profound social changes of the eleventh century. The careers of the Ottonian queen and empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda of Tuscany reveal a growth of opportunities for women to access wealth and power. These two women are  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Nash, Penelope.
Empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda: medieval female rulership and the foundations of European society.
New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]
(OCoLC)973296345
Named Person: Adelaide, Empress consort of Otto I Holy Roman Emperor; Matilde, di Canossa contessa; Adelaide, Empress consort of Otto I Holy Roman Emperor; Matilde, di Canossa contessa; Adelheid, Heiliges Römisches Reich Kaiserin 931-999; Matilde, di Canossa
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Penelope Nash
ISBN: 9781137590886 1137590882
OCLC Number: 964379733
Description: xxxi, 292 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
Contents: Foreword --
Acknowledgements --
Note on names --
Chronology. Empress Adelheid --
Countess Matilda --
Contents --
List of Maps --
chapter 1. Introduction : masterful and formidable ladies --
Lives of two Women --
Notes --
chapter 2. Kin and kith : keeping friends and placating enemies --
Who were 'kin' in the Middle Ages? --
Who were 'kith' in the Middle Ages? --
Adelheid and her kin --
The importance of lineage --
Blood relations and mutual obligations --
Friends and followers --
Henry I of Bavaria, brother of Otto I --
Gerbert of Aurillac --
Willigis of Mainz --
Spiritual family --
The family connections of Adelheid and Matilda --
Matilda's kin --
Growing Up --
1. Mantua, 19 January 1072 : the beginning of rule --
2. Going to Canossa, January 1077 : a crucial negotiator --
3. Quistello, 9 January 1106 : mature lordship --
Family matters --
A philosophical salon --
Spiritual family --
Pope Gregory VII --
Anselm of Canterbury --
Anselm of Lucca --
Donizo, a monk from Sant'Apollonio --
Pope Paschal II, the Cathedral of Modena and the bones of St Geminianus --
Hugh of Cluny and Hugh of Lyons --
Notes --
chapter 3. Land : building and maintaining a property portfolio --
Wives, widows and land --
Empress Adelheid --
Erstein, Burgundy and Selz --
Countess Matilda of Tuscany --
Matilda and the rise of comital power --
The history of three landholdings --
The case of Melara --
The case of Hochfelden --
The case of Canossa --
The significance of law --
Notes --
chapter 4. Rule : models of rulership and the tools of justice --
Early medieval Ottonian kingship --
Early medieval queenship --
A model for queenship --
Adelheid's queenship --
Countess Matilda as victor --
Ruling in Italy --
A strong center --
Holding the roads --
The tools of justice : comital courts and their records --
The centers of justice --
Violence and reconciliation --
Developing the military apparatus --
Choosing negotiation or warfare --
Domina Matilda comitissa atque ducatrix --
On bended knee --
Notes --
Epilogue --
Notes --
List of abbreviations --
Notes on sources and translations --
Bibliography --
Manuscript sources --
Primary and early sources --
Secondary sources --
Index.
Series Title: Queenship and power.
Responsibility: Penelope Nash.

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