Women's Networks in Medieval France

Gender and Community in Montpellier, 1300-1350

  • Kathryn L. Reyerson

Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxix
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 175-257

About this book


This book illuminates the connections and interaction among women and between women and men during the medieval period. To do this, Kathryn L. Reyerson focuses specifically on the experiences of Agnes de Bossones, widow of a changer of the mercantile elite of Montpellier. Agnes was a real estate mogul and a patron of philanthropic institutions that permitted lower strata women to survive and thrive in a mature urban economy of the period before 1350. Notably, Montpellier was a large urban center in southern France.  Linkages stretched horizontally and vertically in this robust urban environment, mitigating the restrictions of patriarchy and the constraints of gender. Using the story of Agnes de Bossones as a vehicle to larger discussions about gender, this book highlights the undeniable impact that networks had on women’s mobility and navigation within a restrictive medieval society.


Medieval France Women Community Gender Networks

Authors and affiliations

  • Kathryn L. Reyerson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-38941-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-38942-4
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