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The Abduction of Romsey’s Abbess

Linda D. Brown


The abduction in 1160 of Romsey’s abbess Marie, daughter of King Stephen and Queen Matilda of England, attracted considerable attention in England and Northern Europe. Medieval chroniclers theorized about those who had arranged the raptus, empha-sizing that they had targeted a holy bride of Christ. At the scandal’s crux was the altered status of the abbess who had unexpectedly become sole heir to her family’s lands, wealth, and titles. This transformation occurred for Marie when the last of her family died in the waning months of 1159. With astonishing speed, Marie transitioned from her role as a high-status abbess to one of heiress-countess. This article examines the evidence concerning the abduction’s backstory, the resulting marriage, and the aftermath of Marie’s nine years as a married countess. It presents Marie in light of her ability to adapt to and exploit the changing political, social, and cultural landscapes that she inhabited.

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Niki Megalommati

the theater on her own, or absented herself from the home unless she were visiting her parents. 79 Divorce by mutual consent was accepted only if both spouses took monastic vows. 80 In the Eisagoge (886), other approved reasons for divorce were

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Assessing and Adapting Rituals That Reproduce a Collectivity

The Large-Scale Rituals of the Repkong Tantrists in Tibet

Nicolas Sihlé

religious specialist, the ngakpas [sngags pa], or ‘tantrists, as they are most commonly called in Western languages. 4 As opposed to monks, these practitioners do not pronounce monastic vows and typically constitute family lineages in a paternal line

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Gender and Empire

The Imprisonment of Women in Eighteenth-Century Siberia

Gwyn Bourlakov

insanity to Tobol'sk—precluded the imposition of monastic vows. Once the convoy escorting Anna Pavlovna reported to the metropolitan, without delay she was sent under guard to the Rozhdestvenskii Convent, only a few miles from the residence of the Tobol