Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5297
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  • Title: Violence, the Queen's Body, and the Medieval Body Politic [The author explores historical and literary accounts of queens and noble women appearing before their husbands in their shifts to refute false accusations. Wearing a shift was next to nudity; moreover the woman had discarded the dress provided by her husband as a mark of social status. Frequently this was intended as an act of resistance to salvage a troubled marriage. These stories reflect concerns about the consort as a potential locus of resistance, instead of a support for the regime, even when reclaiming her rightful status. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: A Great Effusion of Blood? Interpreting Medieval Violence.  Edited by Mark D. Meyerson, Daniel Thiery, and Oren Falk.  University of Toronto Press, 2004.  Pages 241 - 267.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Adultery Body Divorce Eleanor Plantagenet, Wife of Rainald II, Duke of Gueldres Isabelle of Hainaut, Wife of Philippe II Auguste, King of France Marriage Politics Queens
  • Geographic Area: France;Low Countries
  • Century: 12-13
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  • Year of Publication: 2004.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0802087744
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