Gender and historiography: Studies in the earlier middle ages in honour of Pauline Stafford


Janet L Nelson
Susan Reynolds
Susan M. Johns


The chapters in this volume celebrate the work of Pauline Stafford, highlighting the ways in which it has advanced research in the fields of both Anglo-Saxon history and the history of medieval women and gender. Ranging across the period, and over much of the old Carolingian world as well as Anglo-Saxon England, they deal with such questions as the nature of kingship and queenship, fatherhood, elite gender relations, the transmission of property, the participation of women in lordship, slavery and warfare, and the nature of assemblies. Gender and historiography presents the fruits of groundbreaking research, inspired by Pauline Stafford's own interests over a long and influential career.

Published as part of the IHR Conference Series by the Institute of Historical Research.


  • Introduction
  • 1. Fatherhood in late Lombard Italy
    Ross Balzaretti
  • 2. Anger, emotion and a biography of William the Conqueror
    David Bates
  • 3. ‘Anglo-Saxon Chronicle(s)’ or ‘Old English Royal Annals’?
    Nicholas Brooks
  • 4. The tale of Queen Ælfthryth in William of Malmesbury’s 'Gesta Regum Anglorum'
    Kirsten A. Fenton
  • 5. Women, children and the profits of war
    John Gillingham
  • 6. Charters, ritual and late tenth-century English kingship
    Charles Insley
  • 7. Nest of Deheubarth: reading female power in the historiography of Wales
    Susan M. Johns
  • 8. Carolingian rulers and marriage in the age of Louis the Pious and his sons
    Sylvie Joye
  • 9. The cult of King Edward the Martyr during the reign of King Æthelred the Unready
    Simon Keynes
  • 10. 'Consors regni': a problem of gender? The consortium between Amalasuntha and Theodahad in 534
    Cristina La Rocca
  • 11. ‘Public’ aspects of lordly women’s domestic activities in France, c.1050–1200
    Kimberly A. LoPrete
  • 12. Property rights in Anglo-Saxon wills: a synoptic view
    Julie Mumby
  • 13. ‘Hunnish scenes’/Frankish scenes: a case of history that stands still?
    Janet L. Nelson
  • 14. Assembly government and assembly law
    Susan Reynolds
  • 15. Professor Pauline Stafford’s publications in chronological order, excluding reviews


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