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of the source material itself, but examples of other powerful countesses who acted in similar roles to those of the countesses of Chester do show useful patterns in the way that women of comital rank exerted power throughout the female life cycle. C 53 noblewomen and power The Chester evidence The earls of Chester were among the greatest nobles of the Norman and Angevin realms, the high political élite of twelfth-century society. Their power was rooted in extensive land holdings in Cheshire and beyond, which by 1086 consisted of land scattered throughout

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, whose parts were performed by the Queen and various noblewomen. Once again, the contrast with royalty is provided by witches. If the formal innovation – the anti-masque – which The Masque of Queens introduced was indeed suggested by Anne, as Jonson’s preface claims, this would hardly 61 Stephen Orgel’s ‘Jonson and the Amazons’, in Soliciting Interpretation, edited by Elizabeth D. Harvey and Katharine Eisaman Maus (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990), pp. 119–39, points out that the queens are ultimately subordinate to the male figure of Heroic Virtue and the

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