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Susan M. Johns

, Yorkshire.180 It is interesting that in areas in the British Isles where royal control was weak or non-existent the practice of sealing documents with personal seals was a much later development. For example, the Isle of Man retained political independence of both the Normans and Angevins, yet the kings of Man were close culturally to the Norman and Angevin court. Whilst the kings of Man sealed documents in the mid-twelfth century, there is little evidence that noblewomen with Manx connections were sealing documents. Yet the ship symbol of the kings of Man was used on the

in Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm