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Susan M. Johns

. What they have in common is that the women who were married to the earls were of high aristocratic status, Constance of Brittany’s marriage marking the twelfth-century apogee in the Chester marriage strategy. More interestingly, and reflective of the disparity of age between men and women at the time of their marriage in the twelfth century, most of the women who married the earls then managed to survive their husbands – and it is during these periods of relative independence that they are most visible. 54 Matilda, d. of Stephen of Blois and Adelaide, d. of

in Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm