In the sixth century, when bishops were more closely aligned to the conquered population than to their rulers, noble women enjoyed an independent footing in their relationships with the church hierarchy…However, as the Frankish aristocracy integrated into the hierarchy, the bonds between the sainted women and bishops tightened…Women often worked with bishops or abbots who validated their personal designs and served them as intermediaries with angry husbands, families, and even kings.

Jo Ann McNamara, Sainted Women of the Dark Ages


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