By Kathleen Nolan (eds.)
Never ahead of have the ladies of the Capetian royal dynasty in France been the topic of a learn of their personal correct. the hot examine in Capetian ladies demanding situations outdated paradigms in regards to the limited roles of royal ladies, uncovering their impact in social, spiritual, cultural or even political spheres. the students within the quantity contemplate medieval chroniclers' responses to the self sufficient activities of royal girls in addition to sleek historians' use of them as autos for developing the previous. The essays additionally delineate the construction of reginal identification via cultural practices comparable to spiritual patronage and the commissioning of manuscripts, tomb sculpture, and private seals.
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16 Suger had worked alongside the queen for decades and could not have been ignorant of Adelaide’s lifelong influence over her husband. He must purposely have negated her role in the Life. Various reasons have been put forward for this erasure of queenly activities. Facinger assumed that Suger had remained at the court of Louis VII at the time his father’s other two great advisors, Queen Adelaide and Count Ralph of Vermandois, withdrew. Arguing that “there is every indication that Suger was as devoted to Louis VII as to the old king, and that the A D E L A I D E O F M AU R I E N N E 31 young king fully respected the abbot’s abilities,” Facinger saw Suger as a major figure of continuity in the governmental structure of the two reigns.
Facinger, “Medieval Queenship,” p. 27. 9. Facinger relied on Achille Luchaire’s work for her quantitative analysis of Adelaide’s participation in Louis’s government. Since Facinger wrote, Luchaire has largely been superseded by Recueil des actes de Louis VI, Roi de France, ed. Jean Dufour, 5 vols. (Paris: Diffusion de Boccard, 1992–94). Adelaide’s acta are concentrated in vol. 2, which covers the years between 1126 and 1137. Kathleen Nolan’s essay, chapter 3 in the present volume, discusses Adelaide’s religious patronage.
3. “Inclitam reginam”: Raoul Glaber, Histoires, ed. and trans. Mathieu Arnoux (Turnhout: Brepols, 1996), p. 154 [5 Books];“conjux gloriosa”: Helgaud of Fleury, Epitoma vitae regis Rotberti pii, ed. and trans. Robert-Henri Bautier and Gillette Labory (Paris: CNRS, 1965), p. 108. 4. Hincmar of Reims, De ordine palatii, eds. and trans. Thomas Gross and Rudolph Schieffer (Hannover: Hahnsche Buchhandlung, 1980), 5:22. 5. Sedulius Scottus, “Liber de rectoribus Christianis,” Book II in Opera omnia in Migne, PL 103:300–301 [293–332].