Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 1895
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Jarrett , Jonathan.
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  • Title: Power Over Past and Future: Abbess Emma and the Nunnery of Sant Joan de les Abadesses
  • Source: Early Medieval Europe 12, 3 ( 2003): Pages 229 - 258.
  • Description:
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Abbesses Administration Catalonia Charters and Diplomatics Emma, Abbess of Sant Joan de les Abadesses and Daughter of Guifre the Hairy, Count of Barcelona Girona, Spain- Abbey of Sant Joan de les Abadesses, a Monastery for Women Historiography Land Tenure
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  • Geographic Area: Iberia
  • Century: 9-10
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  • Table: One table. Table One Simplifiedfamily tree of the comital families of Catalonia, tenth century.
  • Abstract: Abbess Emma of Sant Joan de les Abadesses, post-Visigothic Catalonia's first known nunnery, left a sufficient documentary record to permit in-depth study of her method of rule, which included taking her comital brothers to court for her rights. Closer study of these acts suggests that her rule was part of a family strategy, whose change by a younger generation was to undo many of her efforts to secure Sant Joan's independence. Her rule included not only aggressive territorial aggrandizement but the reshaping of the locality's history in a way which has endured until this day.
  • Author's Affiliation: Birkbeck College
  • Conference Info: - , -
  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 09639462