Book chapters

Women & Wealth in Late Medieval Europe

There are a couple of essays in Women and Wealth in Late Medieval Europe, ed. Theresa Earenfight (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) that are late enough and Iberian enough for us.

Núria Silleras-Fernández, “Money Isn’t Everything: Concubinage, Class, and the Rise and Fall of Sibil.la de Fortià, Queen of Aragon (1377-87),” uses Sibil.la as a case study to examine the opportunities and pitfalls of being a royal concubine.

Ana Maria S. A. Rodrigues and Manuela Santos Silva, “Private Properties, Seigniorial Tribues, and Jurisdictional Rents: The Income of the Queens of Portugal in the Late Middle Ages,” takes a look at the resources that queens had to maintain their households.

Theresa Earenfight, “Royal Finances in the Reign of María of Castile, Queen-Lieutenant of the Crown of Aragon, 1432-53,” examines “the power relations between the queen and king and how getting and spending of money is both the driving force in this relationship and a precise indicator of other, more subtle, forms of power and influence mediated by gender and the wider political culture.” Earenfight finds that “On paper, María of Castile possessed a wide range and scope of authority” while her husband was away conquering Naples. But the king, “by curtailing her fiscal resources, her own Cambra, and her ability to manage them, he made sure that she was never a serious threat to him.”

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Scott Taylor is an associate professor in the history department at the University of Kentucky.

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