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The Rotuli de Dominabus et Pueris et Puellis de XII Comitatibus of 1185

inquests and the power of noblewomen range of male and female names in families in Evreux in the eleventh to fourteenth centuries.48 The Rotuli de Dominabus show that there was a similar pool of female names available to Anglo-Norman and Angevin families.49 Given this, the overwhelming dominance of Matilda as a popular name is even more striking and demonstrates conservatism as well as political allegiance: Henry I’s queen Matilda, Stephen’s queen and the empress all shared the same forename. This modifies Clark’s speculation that women’s names were more insular than men

in Noblewomen, aristocracy and power in the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman realm
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practice married among themselves.8 However, such flexibility was never without its tensions, as the rise of the ambitious encountered the inherent conservatism of a class where rank and wealth were based on birth. Degrevant reveals the potential for conflict in a shifting social landscape. Underlying the reconciliation with which the romance ends is a deployment of the trappings of chivalry to endorse aggression and violence as the normative way to achieve a social harmony identified with the privileges and property rights of great householders, both male and female. In

in Pulp fictions of medieval England