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Her Father's Daughter – Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Her Father's Daughter: Gender, Power, and Religion in the Early Spanish Kingdoms

Lucy K. Pick


The actions of a large number of prominent and powerful royal women in early medieval Spain have never before been examined as a group. They were for the most part daughters and sisters, not wives and mothers of kings These women founded bishoprics, gave gifts, governed territories, advised kings, and patronized and ruled monasteries, both male and female. Their property holdings enhanced the royal power base and provided key resources at specific moments for royal policies. Their wealth was wedded to a notion of these women as conduits to the sacred, as intercessors for the dead, and as the l ... More

Keywords: gender, power, religion, medieval Spain, Urraca Fernández, León-Castilla, women, monarchy, Middle Ages, networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781501714320
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501714320.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy K. Pick, author
University of Chicago