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William of Tyre, femininity, and the problem of the Antiochene Princesses

Buck, Andrew D. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1191-0723 2019. William of Tyre, femininity, and the problem of the Antiochene Princesses. Journal of Ecclesiastical History 70 (4) , pp. 731-749. 10.1017/s0022046919000629

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Abstract

This article examines the representation of women and femininity in Archbishop William of Tyre's Chronicon. It considers how his text was shaped by contemporary Western ideas of gender, and how this impacted upon his presentation of women, especially Queen Melisende of Jerusalem and three Antiochene princesses, Alice, Constance and Sybil. It argues that, in doing so, we can raise important questions regarding his use for empirical reconstruction by revealing the nuanced ways in which, in pursuit of broader narrative goals, he utilised gender as a tool to both praise and discredit.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1469-7637
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 10 August 2022
Date of Acceptance: 8 November 2018
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2022 21:50
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/151847

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