Women of Antioch: Political Culture and Powerful Women in the Latin East

  • Erin L. Jordan
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


This chapter focuses on the experiences of Alice of Antioch and her daughter, Constance, in order to better understand the political culture of the Latin East, defined here as the set of attitudes and assumptions that justified the exercise of power and allowed certain individuals access to authority while denying it to others. I argue that the tendency to privilege a single category, particularly gender, in any attempt to understand attitudes defining political participation in the Latin East fails to appreciate the array of factors, ranging from religion to diplomacy to dynastic principles, that comprised the political culture of the region and determined the ability of individuals, men and women, to exercise authority.


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  • Erin L. Jordan
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  1. 1.Old Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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