Carolingian Aristocratic Women and the Transmission of Culture

Valerie Louise Garver
This dissertation examines how aristocratic women living in areas of Carolingian rule during the eighth and ninth centuries transmitted and maintained cultural behaviors, beliefs, knowledge, and practices essential to the self-understanding of aristocrats and the recognition by others that they were members of the Carolingian elite. In their households, while acting as moral exemplars to their servants and retainers, they taught their young children to read and provided them with basic moral and religious instruction...
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