Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


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  • Title: Gendering Viragos: Medieval Perceptions of Powerful Women [The author explores the medieval concept of the virago, a lordly woman who exercised authoritative powers. Case studies include Adelaide, duchess of Turin; Gunhild, sister of Swein, the Danish king of England; Bertrada of Montfort, wife of King Louis VI; and Adela, countess of Blois. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Women 4: Victims or Viragos?  Edited by Christine Meek and Catherine Lawless.  Four Courts Press, 2005.  Pages 17 - 38.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Gender Noble Women Politics Power Viragos Virile Women Women in Active Roles
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: 11-12
  • Related Resources: Kimberly LoPrete opens her essay on "Gendering viragos" with a salutary warning on the dangers that still exist for scholars of medieval women in assuming basic terms held the same meaning as they do in modern discourse. Words such as sex and gender; publ
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  • Year of Publication: 2005.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1851828885
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