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By Penelope Nash

This booklet compares profitable, elite girls, Empress Adelheid (931-999) and Countess Matilda (1046-1115), for his or her relative skill to maintain their wealth and chronic in the course of the profound social alterations of the 11th century. The careers of the Ottonian queen and empress Adelheid and Countess Matilda of Tuscany exhibit a development of possibilities for ladies to entry wealth and tool. those ladies are analyzed below 3 different types: their relationships with friends and family, how they controlled their estate (particularly land), and how they governed. This research encourages a greater figuring out of gender kin in either the prior and the present.

 

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