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Leading Ladies: A Study Of Queenship And Identity Through Conquest, Rose Thormahlen Jan 2014

Leading Ladies: A Study Of Queenship And Identity Through Conquest, Rose Thormahlen

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The study of medieval women is often viewed with a qualitative purpose. Scholars seek to define the medieval woman as either empowered or oppressed, and within the medieval timeframe, as either more or less so than their predecessors. The year 1066 is seen as a turning point by many for the female narrative; it was the year of the Norman Conquest, which brought with it new schools of thought and manners of life. Rather than attempting to qualify the lives of women as either good or back, the question of medieval women can be approached by asking how they were ...


The Power Of Virginity: The Political Position And Symbolism Of Ancient Rome’S Vestal Virgin, Kathryn Ann Wagner Jan 2010

The Power Of Virginity: The Political Position And Symbolism Of Ancient Rome’S Vestal Virgin, Kathryn Ann Wagner

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The Vestal virgin has forever been an image of a woman draped in white priestly garments, carrying herself with an air of purity and near divinity. The Vestal's image is one that has captured the imagination of writers, painters, sculptures and scholars for centuries. However this near divine woman is more than what she appears. The Vestal was more than a virgin; she was the daughter, mother and priestess of Rome herself. Behind this "glamorous" image is a strong, influential, pious and powerful woman who has sacrificed her sexuality and familial ties for not just the service of the ...