female authority in OE

books to explore the conditions and lengths of female authority (I am looking for authority in the context of the hall to see if a princess–unmarried female figure from royal blood line?–could have real authority and impart ‘justice’ over afronts received from any warrior (Modthrytho’s part in Beowulf)


on Modthryth’s name: Fulk, Robert D. “The Name of Offa’s Queen: Beowulf 1931–2.” Anglia-Zeitschrift für englische Philologie 122.4 (2005): 614-639.

female autorhity, queenship:





Women in Old Norse Literature: Bodies, Words, and Power (The New Middle Ages) Hardcover – 18 Mar 2013 by Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir (Author) http://www.amazon.co.uk/Women-Old-Norse-Literature-Bodies/dp/0230120423/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1408616840&sr=8-1&keywords=princess+in+old+norse



Nitida saga (role of maiden, dislikes being stared at, uses male power to reject unwanted suitors) check Larrington, Carolyne, “What Does Woman Want? ‘Maer and múnr in Skírnismál,” Alvissmál 1 (1992): 3-16. [ http://userpage.fu-berlin.de/alvismal/1maer.pdf , viewed 6-Sept-2014]

Wahlgren, Erik. The maiden king in Iceland. Diss. University of Chicago, 1938. [ http://storage.lib.uchicago.edu/pres/2007/pres2007-0107.pdf , viewed 6 sept-2014 ]


Bergen, Kristina. Cold counsels and hot tempers: the development of the Germanic Amazon in Old Norse literature. Diss. University of Saskatchewan, 2006. [ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk3/SSU/TC-SSU-11302006113214.pdf , viewed 6-sept 2014]



A Germanic Concept of Nobility in the Gifts of Men and Beowulf

Geoffrey R. Russom
Vol. 53, No. 1 (Jan., 1978), pp. 1-15
Published by: Medieval Academy of America
Article Stable URL:http://www.jstor.org/stable/2855603

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