n.1.A sultaness.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Thus, the imprecations of the Man of Law against the Sowdanesse (358) and his condemnation of Eve (368), like Custance's own questionable comments on the subjection of women in the face of providence's design, reveal a presumption in characterizing the causes of good and evil that may well be the object of Chaucer's ironic scrutiny.
Why did the Sowdanesse not murder Custance with the rest of the Christians?
(19) Custance's "thraldom and penance" (286) finds an odd, if not comic, echo in the Sowdanesse's "thraldom to oure bodies and penance" (338) as part of her condemnation of the "new law" of the Court's mandatory conversion to the Christian faith on the occasion of her son's marriage.