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dc.contributor.advisorMacLean, Simon
dc.contributor.authorGreer, Sarah Louise
dc.coverage.spatialix, 195 p.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines the relationships between royal convents and rulers in Saxony from 852 to 1024. The spate of female monasteries founded in Saxony in the ninth and tenth centuries, alongside the close relationships of major convents to the Ottonian dynasty, has led to Saxon female monasticism being described as unique. As such, Saxony’s apparently peculiar experience has been used to make comparisons with other regions about the nature of female monasticism, commemoration and the role of women in early medieval societies. This thesis interrogates these ideas by tracking the development of two major royal convents: Gandersheim and Quedlinburg. By reassessing the origins of these convents, and their later rewriting in sources produced by these monasteries, we can consider how their relationships with the rulers of Saxony developed over time, and how their identity and function as royal monasteries evolved as the tenth century progressed. In doing so, this thesis challenges the dominant understanding of these convents as homes of the Ottonian memoria and provides a detailed view of how these institutions became so prominent in Saxony. The thesis is divided into four sections. After introducing the historiographical importance of this topic in the first chapter, in chapter two I assess the origins of the convent of Gandersheim in Carolingian Saxony. Chapter three turns to the rewriting of these origins by Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim in the 970s. Chapter four reconsiders the early history of the convent of Quedlinburg from 936 to 966. Chapter five tracks how the origins of Quedlinburg evolved into a new narrative across the tenth century, culminating in the version provided by the Quedlinburg Annals in 1008. Finally, the concluding section outlines the significance of this thesis for our understanding of early medieval female monasticism and the history of the Ottonian Empire.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPower and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC-ITN) Marie Curie Innovative Training Network, Grant Agreement Number 316732en
dc.publisherUniversity of St Andrews
dc.subjectMonastic historyen_US
dc.subjectMedieval historiographyen_US
dc.subjectGerman historyen_US
dc.subjectFemale monasticismen_US
dc.subjectOttonian Empireen_US
dc.subjectCarolingian Empireen_US
dc.subjectEarly medieval historyen_US
dc.subject.lcshMonasticism and religious orders for women--Germany--History--Middle Ages, 600-1500en
dc.subject.lcshMonasteries and state--Germany--Historyen
dc.subject.lcshSaxony (Germany)--History--To 1423en
dc.subject.lcshGermany--History--Saxon House, 919-1024en
dc.titleGandersheim and Quedlinburg, c. 852-1024: the development of royal female monasteries in Saxonyen_US
dc.contributor.sponsorPower and Institutions in Medieval Islam and Christendom (PIMIC-ITN) Marie Curie Innovative Training Networken_US
dc.type.qualificationnamePhD Doctor of Philosophyen_US
dc.publisher.institutionThe University of St Andrewsen_US
dc.identifier.grantnumberGrant Agreement Number 316732en

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