New Book - Relations of Power: Women's Networks in the Middle Ages

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I'd like to share a new essay collection, Relations of Power: Women's Networks in the Middle Ages, co-edited by Emma O. Bérat, Rebecca Hardie, and Irina Dumitrescu, published by Bonn University Press.

This interdisciplinary volume considers how women’s networks, and particularly women’s direct and indirect relationships to other women, constituted and shaped power from roughly 300 to 1700 AD. It juxtaposes scholarship from archaeology, art history, literature, history and religious studies, drawing on a wide variety of source types, highlighting not only the importance of networks in understanding medieval women’s power but also the different ways these networks are represented in medieval sources and can be approached today. 


Introduction / Emma O. Bérat and Rebecca Hardie

1. Female Networks and Exiled Bishop between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: The Cases of Liberius of Rome and Wilfrid of York / Julia Hillner and Máirín MacCarron 
2. Networking Power and Gender at Court: An Eleventh-Century Diploma and Las Meninas / Lucy K. Pick
3. With this Ring: Forming Plantagenet Family Ties / Jitske Jasperse 
4. English Royal Family Ties: Edward I and his Breton Nieces / Abigail Armstrong
5. Female Aristocratic Networks: Books, Liturgy and Reform in Medieval Nunneries in Castile / Mercedes Pérez Vidal
6. Dynastic Visions: Founder Abbesses of Wilton and Barking and their Eleventh-Century Successors / Stephanie Hollis
7. Mothers, Liver-Eaters, and Matrilineal Descent: Hind bint ‘Utba, Mu‘āwiya and Nasab (Filiation) in Early Islam / Alyssa Gabbay 
8. Herstory: Exploring the Material Life of Gundrada de Warenne / Karen Dempsey (available with open access)