Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Figures

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

This book is the product of inspiring reads, late-night conversations, fortuitous archival discoveries, enlightening conference presentations, and many hours of patient friends taking time to read my work and think through it with me. All this has left me debts of gratitude that I gladly acknowledge. ...

Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction

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pp. 1-20

On June 13, 1071, royal daughter Urraca Fernández refounded the bishopric of Túy on the banks of Miño river in the far west corner of what had been her father’s kingdom. The diocese had been vacant for decades after the depredations of Viking raiders along the Atlantic coast. “All-powerful Maker of all things, strong King of the ages,” her diploma begins, ...

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1. Visigothic Inheritance, Asturian Monarchy

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pp. 21-61

Written law and local customs were among the sources both of the material resources possessed by the royal daughters of early medieval Spain and of the norms under which they lived. By examining ideas about succession and inheritance in the Visigothic and early Asturian kingdoms, we discover what opportunities and rights women ...

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2. Virgins and Martyrs

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pp. 62-103

With only a handful of exceptions, from the time of Adosinda in the late eighth century until the reign of Alfonso VI (1065–1109), whenever we have evidence that a king of León-Castilla had a daughter, that daughter was not married off in a strategic alliance. She was, rather, kept by her father and then by her brothers, ...

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3. Networks of Property, Networks of Power

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pp. 104-168

Royal daughters derived their power from an intersection of several cultural and social norms, including royal succession practices, inheritance customs, their practice of consecrated virginity or celibacy, and the way the latter gave them a kind of sacred charism. To deploy the power that these factors afforded them, they used their property ...

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4. Memory, Gift, and Death

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pp. 169-226

In the previous chapter, I examined the constellations of properties and people that were linked by charters involving royal women in the tenth and eleventh centuries. These documents are not simply about people and property, however. They are also about memory and about gift, two closely allied concepts. ...

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Looking Forward, Looking Beyond

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pp. 227-246

By the time both his sisters were dead, Elvira in 1099 and Urraca in 1101, Alfonso VI’s years of expansion and growth as king were already behind him. 1 The triumph of Toledo in 1085 had already been followed by the devastating defeat at Zallāqa in 1086. ...

Works Cited

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pp. 247-266

Index

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pp. 267-274