Mapping the Medieval Countess: Can Geographic Information Systems help us understand
the exercise of power in the past?
History, maps, GIS, Spain, Portugal, women and power, charters
In this project, I explore how the powerful and rapidly developing technology of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can inform our interpretation of records from the European Middle Ages. Medieval scribes were keenly interested in what we might call geospatial data. Using GIS technology to trace the engagement of elite women in the tenth and eleventh centuries with particular parcel of property can give us a richer understanding of the varieties of political power exercised by medieval women. GIS technology offers an opportunity to focus attention on information in records that is often overlooked by modern historians but was of keen interest to medieval people. I seek support for training in GIS software, travel to sites in Spain and Portugal, and writing.