• "Judith of Flanders and Her Books: Patronage, Piety, and Politics in mid-eleventh century Europe" in Telling Tales and Crafting Books, Essays in Honor of Thomas H. Ohlgren, eds. Dorsey A. Armstrong, Shaun F. D. Hughes, and Alexander L. Kaufman. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2016, 267-322.

    Author(s):
    Mary Dockray-Miller (see profile)
    Date:
    2016
    Group(s):
    Anglo-Saxon / Old English, TC Women’s and Gender Studies
    Subject(s):
    Early medieval art, Medieval history, Women's history
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6MP8N
    Abstract:
    This essay analyzes the illustration sequences of the four magnificent Gospel books made for Judith of Flanders within the context of the political chaos in pre-Conquest England. These deluxe display books indicate one of the ways that literacy and literary patronage provided cultural legitimacy and social status for secular women in the late Anglo-Saxon period. The evangelist symbols in Judith’s English books—some of them very unusual—demonstrate Judith’s use of patronage as a cultural strategy to proclaim her wealth and position in the political theater of northern Europe. She exemplifies the ways that aristocratic women, who generally did not control land or military forces, could successfully assert themselves through purchase and use of beautiful, luxurious objects.
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    2 years ago
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