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Laywomen in monastic spaces
Susannah Crowder

and mother of Louis the Pious; Rothaide and Adelaide, sisters of Charlemagne and daughters of Pepin III (the Short) and Bertrade; and Adelaide and Hildegarde, daughters of Charlemagne and Hildegarde. Although male members of the family were interred at multiple locations, women populated Negotiated devotions and performed histories 163 and ‘branded’ this emerging necropolis. More specifically, St-Arnoul was developed as a dynastic burial site through ceremonies that commemorated these physical remains of female royalty. Practices centred on royal women linked

in Performing women
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From prehistoric monument to petrified ‘book’
Michelle P. Brown

Harald Bluetooth’s aspirations as sponsor of a literate Christian culture had been fully realised in the reign of this successor. Scandinavia was already acquainted with writing, and with Christianity. In 831 the missionary Ansgar was despatched from Birka in Sweden bearing a message written in runes by King Björn’s own hand, informing the Carolingian emperor Louis the Pious of his mission’s success. 17 The substantial corpus of rune-sticks from Bergen and Hedeby, extending through to the fourteenth century, bears witness to high levels of pragmatic lay literacy in

in Aspects of knowledge