Women in England, C. 1275-1525 / Edition 1

Women in England, C. 1275-1525 / Edition 1

by P. J. P. Goldberg
     
 


This collection of sources demonstrates the variety of evidence that survives of English women in all walks of life from the time of Edward I to the eve of the Reformation. The sources are introduced by a substantial overview of current thinking about English medieval women below the level of the greater aristocracy. In addition, Goldberg explores many of the… See more details below

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This collection of sources demonstrates the variety of evidence that survives of English women in all walks of life from the time of Edward I to the eve of the Reformation. The sources are introduced by a substantial overview of current thinking about English medieval women below the level of the greater aristocracy. In addition, Goldberg explores many of the methodological problems and strengths of particular sources. Individual chapters explore the life-cycle themes of childhood, adolescence, married life, widowhood and old age. The study then moves on to examine such topics as work in town and country, prostitution, the law, recreation and devotion. In every case the reader is exposed to a range of sources, but particular attention is paid to those sources that reflect actual experience or provide insights into the lives of ordinary women rather than the prescriptive or purely literary texts. A particular feature of this collection is the extensive use of church court depositions that allow the voices of peasant women, servant girls, bourgeois wives, or poor widows to be heard across the centuries.

The sources are presented in a form designed to be accessible to undergraduates, but of interest to teachers and researchers alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780719040566
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1995
Series:
Manchester Medieval Sources Series
Pages:
307
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.80(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Foreword
Note on editorial conventions used
Introduction1
IChildhood57
IIAdolescence
Servanthood87
Instruction97
Courtship and marriage103
IIIHusband and wife130
IVWidowhood, poverty, and old age146
VWork in the countryside167
VIWork in the town188
VIIProstitution210
VIIILaw and custom
Villeinage and custom223
Transgressions against customary law224
Disputes between neighbours226
Fornication227
Defamation228
Scolding and other subversive and anti-social activities232
Casting spells236
Age of majority237
Prison237
Sanctuary238
Women before the law239
Debt239
Theft243
Receiving246
Arson247
Assault247
Abduction252
Rape252
Homicide and petty treason257
Suicide (felo de se)260
IXRecreation261
XDevotion
Female religious266
Anchoresses277
Hospital sisters278
Lay piety279
Heresy290
Bibliography296
Index305

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