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Gender, nation and conquest in the high Middle Ages

Nest of Deheubarth

By Susan Johns

Gender, nation and conquest in the high Middle Ages

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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8999-2
  • Pages: 288
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £70.00
  • Published Date: October 2013
  • BIC Category: HISTORY / Medieval, HISTORY / Social History, Society & social sciences / Gender studies: women, Humanities / Medieval history, Humanities / Social & cultural history, Humanities / Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, History & Archaeology, Gender studies: women & girls, European history: medieval period, middle ages, CE period up to c 1500, History, Social & cultural history
  • Series: Gender in History

Description

Nest of Deheubarth was one of the most notorious women of the Middle Ages, mistress of Henry I and many other men, famously beautiful and strong-willed, object of one of the most notorious abduction/elopements of the period and ancestress of one of the most famous dynasties in medieval Ireland, the Fitzgeralds. This volume sheds light on women, gender, imperialism and conquest in the Middle Ages. From it emerges a picture of a woman who, though remarkable, was not exceptional, representative not of a group of victims or pawns in the dramatic transformations of the high Middle Ages but powerful and decisive actors. The book examines beauty, love, sex and marriage and the interconnecting identities of Nest as wife/concubine/mistress, both at the time and in the centuries since her death, when for Welsh writers and other commentators she has proved a powerful symbol.

Author

Susan M. Johns is Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Bangor University

Contents

Introduction
1. Abduction, conquest and gender
2. Gerald of Wales, Nest, gender and power
3. Charters and contexts: gender, women and power
4. Rediscovering Nest in the early modern period
5. Remaking Nest: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century views
6. Constructing Nest in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
7. Constructing beauty, constructing gender
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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