Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 8328
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Bedos , Rezak, Brigitte
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  • Title: Medieval Women in French Sigillographic Sources [The author analyzes surviving seals used to authenticate the owners' agreements on charters and other documents. The iconography falls into three categories: 1) Images on women's Seals, 2) Female representations on women's seals, 3) Female representations on other seals. The article was later republished in Form and Order in Medieval France: Studies in Social and Quantitative Sigillography. By Brigitte Bedos-Rezak. Variorum, 1993. Article 10. Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Medieval Women and the Sources of Medieval History.  Edited by Joel T. Rosenthal.  University of Georgia Press, 1990.  Pages 1 - 36.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- Decorative Arts Family Heraldry Historiography History - Sources Iconography Sigillography Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 12-13
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  • Illustrations: Thirteen figures. Figure One Seal of Guillaume de Pont-de-l'Arche, bishop of Lisieux, 1221. The Virgin Mary with child and below a man in prayer ; surrounded with the legend "salve sancta parens." From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 6661 bis. Figure Two Alix de Nemours, wife of Gautier de Nemours, marshal of France, 1265. Full-lenth depiction of a woman bearing a hawk and standing between the coats of her husband (shields bearing three bars gemel). From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 3045. Figure Three Louis VII, king of France, 1141. The king enthroned, with regalia. From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 36. Figure Four Gautier de nemours, marshal of France, 1260. Equestrian in arms, with shield bearing three bars gemel (Nemours). From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 6856. Figure Six Lucie de Montigny, 1266. The standing figure of a woman holding a fleur-de-lis. From Demay, "Sceaux de la Flandre," no. 1352. figure Seven Notre-Dame de Mantes, chapter, 1210. The enthroned and crowned Virgin Mary, with child and fleur-de-lis. From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 7215. Figure Eight Elisabeth, abbess of Montmartre, 1182. Seated abbess, with book and croisier. From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 9233. Figure Nine Abbot of the Val-Notre-Dame, twelfth century. Seated abbot with book and crosier. From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 9150. Figure Ten Constance of Castille, wife of Louis VII, king of France, circa 1154. The standing figure of the queen, crowned with fleur-de-lis and short scepter. From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 151. Figure Eleven Priory of Saint-Catherine-Du-Val-des-Ecoliers, 1375. Saint Catherine crowned, veiled, and with nimbus, seated holding a book, and arguing with two scholars, inspired by two demons. From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 9430. Figure Twelve Abbey of Grandchamp, 1271. Nativity: the Virgin Mary seated in bed ; above, the child in a hanging cradle. The scene is lit by oil lamps. From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 8236. Figure Thirteen Hugues, bishop of Orange, 1326. The crowned figure of the Virgin Mary with child, within a niche. Below, the bishop is kneeling in prayer, between two shilds of arms bearing an eagle with a baton. From Douët d'Arcq, "Sceaux," no. 6757.
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Maryland, College Park
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  • Year of Publication: 1990.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0820312142
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