Gerald of Wales, Nest, gender and power
in Gender, nation and conquest in the high Middle Ages
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This chapter considers Gerald of Wales’s portrayal of Nest in more detail in order to consider the specific contexts in which she appears in Gerald’s narrative. This takes account of Gerald’s view of women more generally as well as focussing on specific portrayals of women in order to consider how his views about gender, conquest and war were shaped by his attitude to women.

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