Women in Medieval English Society

Women in Medieval English Society

by Mavis E. Mate
     
 

Written primarily for undergraduates, this book judiciously weighs the evidence for and against the various theories relating to the position of women at different time periods. Professor Mate examines the evidence relating to the major issues deciding the position of women in medieval English society, and asks questions such as, did women enjoy a rough equality in… See more details below

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Written primarily for undergraduates, this book judiciously weighs the evidence for and against the various theories relating to the position of women at different time periods. Professor Mate examines the evidence relating to the major issues deciding the position of women in medieval English society, and asks questions such as, did women enjoy a rough equality in the Anglo-Saxon period that they subsequently lost? Did queens at certain periods exercise real political clout or was their power limited to questions of patronage? Did women's participation in the economy grant them considerable independence and allow them to postpone or delay marriage? Professor Mate also demonstrates that class as well as gender was very important in determining age at marriage and opportunities for power and influence. Although some women at some time periods did make short-term gains, Professor Mate challenges the dominant view that major transformations in women's position occurred in the century after the Black Death.

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Booknews
Mate (medieval history, U. of Oregon) begins her introduction: "More has been written about medieval women in the last fifteen years than in the previous one hundred and fifty." Here she looks at the ways in which historians have seen the position of women in medieval society from the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the 15th century. She focuses on legal rights, women's contribution to the economy, and political and religious power, as well as changes over time, and the existence or non-existence of a "golden age." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"[Mate] looks at the ways in which historians have seen the position of women in medieval society from the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the 15th century." Book News

"Mate's book contains much useful information and makes a compelling argument..." Comitatus

"[Mate] looks at the ways in which historians have seen the position of women in medieval society from the beginning of the Anglo-Saxon period to the end of the 15th century." Book News

"Mate's book contains much useful information and makes a compelling argument..." Comitatus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521583220
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Series:
New Studies in Economic and Social History Series, #39
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.43(d)

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