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Jan Rüdiger: All the King’s Women: Polygyny and Politics in Europe, 900–1250

Jan Rüdiger

Prof. Dr. Jan Rüdiger widmet sich in seinem jetzt auf Englisch erschienenen Buch All the King's Women der Pluralität von Mann-Frau-Beziehungen im mittelalterlichen Skandinavien und Westeuropa und untersucht die politischen Bräuche der «Vielweiberei» der Eliten.

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.

This is the English version of a book originally published in German in 2015. The author and the series editors expect it to find a wider reading audience, including such fields as Scandinavian studies, anthropology, and ethnology.

Reihe: The Northern World, Band: 88

E-Book (PDF): ISBN: 978-90-04-43457-8, Publikationsdatum: 25 Sep 2020

Festeinband: ISBN: 978-90-04-34951-3, Publikationsdatum: 24 Sep 2020

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Das Buch von Prof. Dr. Jan Rüdiger gibt es auch in einer Open Access Version