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Emma of Ivry, c. 1008–1080

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

Abstract

Emma of Ivry (c. 1008–1080)—wife of Osbern the Steward, mother of William fitzOsbern, and cousin of the Norman dukes—has never been the subject of a study. This biography shows that Emma was not a peripheral figure to her male kin, but a central agent who actively worked to maintain the ducal family’s power in Normandy, particularly during the minority of William the Conqueror in the 1040s. Emma served as guardian for William, her sons, and ducal kin; ruled her lands as a lord; and finished her career as a lord and ducal representative in Rouen as abbess of Saint-Amand. Emma’s life shows the many ways that women exercised power within the family, the noble court, and the church.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charlotte Cartwright
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  1. 1.Christopher Newport UniversityNewport NewsUSA

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