The representation of queens and queenship in Anglo-Norman royal charters
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The subjects of queens and queenship have figured prominently among Janet Nelson's publications. She has analysed both the women and the contexts within which they acted across a broad chronological range and in different kingdoms. The subject of the representation of queenship in charters across the period from 1066 to 1135 does merit special treatment. First, it bridges the chronological gap between the reigns of the three queens who were the central subjects of Pauline Stafford's and Lois Huneycutt's books. Secondly, the specific focus on representation in the manuscripts of original charters and in the texts of charters provides sufficient evidence to say something new about the scripts, norms and special contingencies which defined queenly activity and agency in this period. Thirdly, it deepens knowledge of the gendered and, in this specific case, largely collaborative, role of women and men.

Frankland

The Franks and the world of the early middle ages

Editors: Paul Fouracre and David Ganz

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