some references and sources for FEMALE AUTHORITY in Anglo-Saxon (Beowulf) context or early Medieval. Not much seems to appear around, this is just a google scholar search that I will need to redefine more.
Female power in Viking Age Iceland: http://www.medievalists.net/2016/01/28/pulling-the-strings-the-influential-power-of-women-in-viking-age-iceland/
Bloomfield, Josephine. “Diminished by kindness: Frederick Klaeber’s rewriting of Wealhtheow.” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology (1994): 183-203.
Breen, Nathan. “The King’s Closest Counselor: The Legal Basis of Wealhtheow’s Comments to Hrothgar, Beowulf 1169–87.” The Heroic Age 14 (2010).
Cruz, Sara. “Monstrous Mothers and Objectified Daughters.” Afternoons of Alterity: 81.
Davidson, Mary Catherine. “Speaking of Nostalgia in Beowulf*.” Modern Philology 103.2 (2005): 143-155.
Earl, James W. “Beowulf and the Origins of Civilization.” Speaking Two Languages: Traditional Disciplines and Contemporary Theory in Medieval Studies (1991): 65-89.
Horner, Shari. The Discourse of Enclosure: Representing Women in Old English Literature. SUNY Press, 2001.
Kliman, Bernice W. “Women in Early English Literature,“Beowulf” to the “Ancrene Wisse”.” Nottingham Medieval Studies 21.1 (1977): 32-49.
Klinck, Anne L. “Female characterisation in old english poetry and the growth of psychological realism: Genesis B and Christ I.” Neophilologus 63.4 (1979): 597-610.
Porter, Dorothy Carr. “The Social Centrality of Women in Beowulf: A New Context.” The Heroic Age 5 (2001).
Procházková, Petra. “Female Characters in Beowulf.” (2007).
Ross, Margaret Clunies. “Concubinage in Anglo-Saxon England.” Past and Present (1985): 3-34.
Sarmiento, Catori. “Reevaluating the Role of Women in< em> Beowulf</em>.”Student Pulse 4.09 (2012).
Troy, Jessica E. Gender Roles in Beowulf: An Investigation of Male-Male and Male-Female Interactions. Diss. Youngstown State University, 2010.
Underdown, David E., and Anthony John Fletcher. The taming of the scold: the enforcement of patriarchal authority in early modern England. Cambridge University Press, 1985.