From Mothers to Daughters: Literary Patronage as Political Work in Ponthieu

  • Kathy M. Krause
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


Women’s literary patronage is both underplayed and undervalued by the “received narrative” of medieval literary history. This article counters the standard, domesticating picture of female literary patronage in the Central Middle Ages by examining the patronage of an inheriting countess of a small, but strategically located, county: Marie, countess of Ponthieu, c. 1196–c. 1250. The generically diverse works written for Marie or within her orbit demonstrate that literary patronage allowed female patrons not only to demonstrate their cultural prestige but also to perform significant political work in service of their family and their domain.


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  • Kathy M. Krause
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  1. 1.University of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas CityUSA

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