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Aelfflaed, Abbess of Streoneshalh (Whitby, North Yorkshire) in the early eighth century, wielded an exceptional level of political influence. She supposedly prompted St Cuthbert of Lindisfarne to prophesy the accession of her brother as king of the Northumbrians and approved the return of the exiled Wilfrid of Ripon to the kingdom and the restoration of his rights. Using Aelfflaed as a case-study, this talk by Dr Tom Pickles will consider what circumstances allowed early medieval women to wield such influence and how Aelfflaed navigated those circumstances so successfully.
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