Gender, Nation and Conquest in the High Middle Ages Nest of Deheubarth

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Pub. Date: 2013-10-31
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This is a book about one of the most notorious women of the middle ages, mistress of Henry I and many other men, famously beautiful and strong-willed, object of one of the most notorious abduction/elopements of the period and ancestress of one of the most famous dynasties in medieval Ireland, the Fitzgeralds. It is also a book about women, gender, imperialism and conquest in the middle ages. From it emerges a picture of a woman who, though remarkable, was not exceptional, representative not of a group of victims or pawns in the dramatic transformations of the high Middle Ages but powerful and decisive actors.

The book examines beauty, love, sex and marriage and the interconnecting identities of Nest as wife/concubine/mistress, both at the time and in the centuries since her death, when for Welsh writers and other commentators she has proved a powerful symbol.

Author Biography

Susan M. Johns is Lecturer in Medieval History at Bangor University, UK.

Table of Contents

1. Abduction, conquest and gender
2. Gerald of Wales, Nest, gender and power
3. Charters and contexts: gender, women and power
4. Rediscovering Nest in the early modern period
5. Remaking Nest: eighteenth- and nineteenth-century views
6. Constructing Nest in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries
7. Constructing beauty, constructing gender

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