Emma O. Bérat/Rebecca Hardie/Irina Dumitrescu (edd.), Relations of Power. Women’s Networks in the Middle Ages (Studien zu Macht und Herrschaft 5), Göttingen 2021.

SMH_005Der Band ist hervorgegangen aus dem Workshop „Between Women: Female Networks, Kinships and Power“ [Link zum Nachbericht] des Teilprojekts „Weibliches Charisma. Figurationen von Macht und Herrschaft in England und Frankreich (700–1500)“ (Leitung: Prof. Dr. Irina Dumitrescu), der im Jahr 2018 stattfand.

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This interdisciplinary collection of essays 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, with a focus on medieval Europe and neighbouring regions. The essays in this collection juxtapose scholarship from the fields of archaeology, art history, literature, history and religious studies, drawing on a wide variety of source types. The volume’s aim is to highlight 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. This volume reveals how women’s networks were widespread and instrumental in shaping political, familial and spiritual legacies.


  • Emma O. Bérat/Rebecca Hardie, Introduction, 9–18.
  • Julia Hillner/Máirín MacCarron, Female Networks and Exiled Bishops between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages: The Cases of Liberius of Rome and Wilfrid of York, 19–44.
  • Lucy K. Pick, Networking Power and Gender at Court: An Eleventh-Century Diploma and ‘Las Meninas’, 45–66.
  • Jitske Jasperse, With This Ring: Forming Plantagenet Family Ties, 67–84.
  • Abigail S. Armstrong, English Royal Family Ties: Edward I and his Breton Nieces, 85–104.
  • Mercedes Pérez Vidal, Female Aristocratic Networks: Books, Liturgy and Reform in Castilian Nunneries, 105–132.
  • Stephanie Hollis, Dynastic Visions: Founder Abbesses of Wilton and Barking and their Eleventh-Century Successors, 133–153.
  • Alyssa Gabbay, Mothers, Liver-Eaters, and Matrilineal Descent: Hind bint ‘Utba, Mu‘āwiya and Nasab (Filiation) in Early Islam, 155–167.
  • Karen Dempsey, Herstory: Exploring the Material Life of Gundrada de Warenne, 169–196.