THE MILITARY LEADERSHIP OF MATILDA of CANOSSA, 1046-1115

DAVID J HAY
336pp 2 MAPS 1 LINE DRAWING 2008 OUT OF PRINT H455

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This is the first account in English of the 40-year military career of Matilda of Canossa, one of the most powerful women of the Middle Ages. It explains how this famous noblewoman rose to the defence of the reforming papacy, defeated the Holy Roman Emperor and turned the tide of the first great war between Church and State. Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, the book reads the narrative sources against the letters, polemics, diplomas and canonical collections, as well as the pamphlet literature of the 'Investiture Contest' that her campaigns provoked. It then combines them all to reconstruct Matilda's campaigns in painstaking detail. The book concludes by reconsidering the limits of medieval women's military agency in light of the countess's demonstrable successes on the battlefield and in the war of propaganda.