Katherine PangonisMay 30, 2022
Queens of Jerusalem
The Women Who Dared to Rule
Pegasus Books 2021
For nearly a century after the First Crusade captured Jerusalem, that ancient city became the nucleus of a several kingdoms and principalities established by the crusaders. At the political, social, and cultural heart of their subsequent history were a series of remarkable women who exercised power and influence in a way nearly unknown in western Europe at that time.
Katherine Pangonis is the author of the Queens of Jerusalem: The Women Who Dared to Rule (Pegasus Books, 2022), a remarkable chronicle of lives lived in times of extreme danger and immense complexity.
For Further Investigation
- Another medieval woman who tried to rule, briefly mentioned in the podcast, was Mathilda (who married Fulk of Anjou’s son, Geoffrey). Mathilda was the subject of Episode 122, a conversation with her biographer Catherine Hanley.
- The Melisende Psalter
- Sarah J. Biggs, “Twelfth-Century Girl Power”
- Katherine Pangonis, “Crusader Queens: the formidable female rulers of Jerusalem”