All the King’s Women : Polygyny and Politics in Europe, 900–1250
Rüdiger Jan, All the King’s Women : Polygyny and Politics in Europe, 900–1250, Boston – Leyde, 2020. XII + 452 p, 125 €.
ISBN : 978-90-04-43457-8.
Polygyny, in Europe ? The grand narrative of Western history is the development of monogamous marriage, culminating in the central Middle Ages. Other kinds of relationships have often, perhaps too lightly, been dismissed as ‘just lust’. In this book, Jan Rüdiger investigates the plurality of man-woman relationships in medieval Scandinavia and analyses the social and political ‘uses’ of elite polygyny.
By way of comparison the findings from the North are then applied to England, France, and the Iberian Peninsula, in order to propose a new overall image of elite polygyny, including marriage, in the medieval West.
TABLE DES MATIÈRES
King Harald Fairhair’s Women : a Word on the Sources
Chapter 1 The Generative Aspect
Chapter 2 The Habitual Aspect
Chapter 3 The Agonistic Aspect
Chapter 4 The Expressive Aspect
Chapter 5 The Performative Aspect
Chapter 6 The Comparative View : Western Europe
Chapter 7 The Comparative View : Southern Europe
Polygyny and Europe : By Way of a Conclusion