Reformers and Royalists: Aristocratic Women in Politics, 1258-1270

Wilkinson, Louise (2016) Reformers and Royalists: Aristocratic Women in Politics, 1258-1270. In: Baronial Reform and Revolution in England, 1258-1267. The Boydell Press, Woodbridge, pp. 152-166. ISBN 9781843834670, 9781782048992

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Since the 1960s, aristocratic women have come to occupy an increasingly prominent place within the historiography of Henry III’s reign. Biographical case studies of elite women, including Eleanor de Montfort, countess of Leicester, Isabella d’Aubigny, countess of Arundel, Isabella de Forz, countess of Aumale and Devon, and Maud Mortimer of Wigmore, have cast new light on the roles of noble wives and widows as participants in English political life at both local and national levels. Yet the question of feminine political agency still remains to be incorporated fully into the political narrative of the period of baronial reform and rebellion in England (1258-67). This chapter seeks to address this by analysing elite women’s experiences both as reformers and as royalists at the time of the baronial reform movement. It examines the various ways and the various contexts in which aristocratic women participated in English political life during the period of baronial reform and rebellion, as well as highlighting the varying degrees of personal success with which they met.

Additional Information:This is a peer-reviewed chapter in an edited collection of essays.
Keywords:Medieval history, Baronial reform movement, Baronial rebellion, Medieval aristocracy, Medieval women, Henry III, Medieval politics, Second Barons' War
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V214 English History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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Deposited On:15 Jun 2020 10:57

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