Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages

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Daughter, wife, and mother of kings, Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) was a key figure in the formation of medieval Castile-Leon. Queen of Leon from 1197-1204, regent for Enrique I of Castile briefly in 1214, and then Queen of Castile in her own right after 1217, she secured the thrones of Castile and Leon for her son Fernando III and enabled his crusades in al-Andalus. This study examines Berenguela's use of authority and power, her legitimacy as a female ruler, and her motherhood and patronage in her efforts to maintain ...

Berenguela of Castile (1180-1246) and Political Women in the High Middle Ages 2009, Palgrave MacMillan, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780312234737

2009 edition

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