Women in England in the Middle Ages

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A&C Black, 12 Okt 2006 - 302 halaman
Medieval women faced many of the problems of their modern counterparts in bringing up their families, balancing family and work, and responding to the demands of their communities. Of many women in the period of a thousand years before 1500 we know little or nothing, though their typical ways of life, on farms or in the towns, can be reconstructed with accuracy from a variety of sources. We know more about a far smaller number of elite women, including queens such as Eleanor of Aquitaine and Margaret of Anjou; noblewomen, whose characters and attitudes can be sensed directly or indirectly; and a variety of religious women. Literary sources help flesh out real attitudes, such as those of Chaucer's Wife of Bath. Jennifer Ward shows the life-cycle of medieval women, from birth, via marriage and child-rearing, to widowhood and death. She also brings out the slow changes in the position of women over a millennium.
 

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1 Womens Worlds
1
2 Marriage
11
3 Wives and Mothers
37
4 Widows
59
5 Work
81
6 Noblewomen
99
7 Queens
119
8 Religious Women
143
9 Charity and Lay Religion
171
10 Death
195
Notes
201
Glossary
259
Bibliography
263
Index
277
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Jennifer Ward spent much of her career at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where she taught medieval and regional history. Since retirement, she has continued with historical research and writing on Essex and East Anglian history as well as on medieval women. Publications include: English Noblewomen in the Later Middle Ages; Women of the English Nobility and Gentry 1066-1500; and Women in Medieval Europe 1200-1500.

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