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Princely power in late medieval France : Jeanne de Penthièvre and the War for Brittany / Erika Graham-Goering.

Author/Creator:
Graham-Goering, Erika, author.
Publication:
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Format/Description:
Book
xiv, 288 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series:
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought ; 4th ser, 117.
Cambridge studies in medieval life and thought: fourth series, 117
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Other Title:
Jeanne de Penthièvre and the War for Brittany
Subjects:
Brittany (France) -- History -- 1341-1532.
Jeanne, de Penthièvre, Duchess of Brittany, 1319-1384.
Women heads of state -- France -- Brittany -- History -- To 1500.
Brittany (France) -- Kings and rulers -- Succession -- History -- To 1500.
Hundred Years' War, 1339-1453 -- Participation, French.
France -- Politics and government -- 1328-1589.
Kings and rulers -- Succession.
Military participation -- French.
Politics and government.
Women heads of state.
France.
France -- Brittany.
Form/Genre:
History.
Summary:
"Jeanne de Penthièvre (c.1326-1384), duchess of Brittany, was an active and determined ruler who maintained her claim to the duchy throughout a war of succession and even after her eventual defeat. This in-depth study examines Jeanne's administrative and legal records to explore her co-rule with her husband, the social implications of ducal authority, and her strategies of legitimization in the face of conflict. While studies of medieval political authority often privilege royal, male, and exclusive models of power, Erika Graham-Goering reveals how there were multiple coexisting standards of princely action, and it was the navigation of these expectations that was more important to the successful exercise of power than adhering to any single approach. Cutting across categories of hierarchy, gender, and collaborative rule, this perspective sheds light on women's rulership as a crucial component in the power structures of the early Hundred Years' War, and demonstrates that lordship retained salience as a political category even in a period of growing monarchical authority"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Introduction: Approaches to princely power
The career of Jeanne de Penthièvre
Concepts of power in Jeanne de Penthièvre's acta
Managing property: inheritance and seigneurial partnerships
Managing people: followers and service
Managing order: conflict, negotiation, and women as lords
Debating the social context of princely power in 1341
Legitimate rule and the balance of power
Conclusion.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-281) and index.
Other format:
Online version: Graham-Goering, Erika. Princely power in late medieval France
ISBN:
9781108489096
1108489095
9781108733434
1108733433
9781108773904
9781108786836
OCLC:
1122874384