Questions are asked about how we study medieval women in positions of power, with particular reference to elite Italian and German women in the earlier Middle Ages. The essay calls for scholars to search for nuances in former understandings of women’s opportunities to exercise power while re-examining locality, time period, life cycles, and female and male power. The essay includes an appeal to scholars to become better acquainted with the work of their peers who write in other languages.
Copyright © 2016 Penelope Nash
Nash, Penelope "Woman and Power: Thoughts Arising out of the Roundtable "Debating Women and Power in the Middle Ages," International Medieval Congress, Leeds, 2014." Medieval Feminist Forum: A Journal of Gender and Sexuality 51, No. 2 (2016) : 39-60.