Women, Work, and Life Cycle in a Medieval Economy: Women in York and Yorkshire C. 1300-1520 / Edition 420

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This is an innovative analysis of the relationship between women's economic opportunity and marriage in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. It is based on an intensive study of York and Yorkshire, but also utilizes evidence from other parts of England and continental Europe. P.J.P. Goldberg explores the role of women in the economy and the part that marriage played in their lives. Importantly, he challenges the Wrigley and Schofield thesis of nuptiality: his analysis of the demography of marriage demonstrates that in late medieval Yorkshire women participated strongly in the labor force, deferring marriage or avoiding it entirely. This is a stimulating and intelligent book, which makes an important contribution to our understanding of medieval ways of life.
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"This is a carefully crafted study worth taking seriously."--American Historical Review

"In this important and long-awaited study, P.J.P. Goldberg fully presents his innovative thesis about the interaction of economy and demography in pre-industrial England...A distinguished research scholar, Goldberg has uncovered much useful information about late-medieval York."--Albion

"Goldberg has written a book that social and economic historians regardless of time and place should read for its meticulous and self-conscious method as well as for its careful and convincing argument."--Business History Review

"Goldberg's work makes its greatest contribution, not in its tables, but in its narrative, where the author is allowed his full voice to weigh his evidence with all the care and sensitivity he undoubtedly possesses."--Speculum

"...[Goldberg's] study has significance that extends far beyond its limited geographical base. It is grounded in an exceptionally thorough analysis...a major contribution to our understanding of women's work and marriage in European history."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198201540
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 420
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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University of York
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
1 Introduction 1
2 York and the Regional Economy in the Later Middle Ages 39
3 Women and Work 82
4 Servants and Servanthood 158
5 Marriage in Town and Country 203
6 Moving to Town 280
7 Patterns of Cohesion and Residence 305
8 Women, Work, and Life Cycle: A Hypothesis Explored 324
Appendix I: Probate Evidence 362
Appendix II: The Poll Taxes of 1377, 1379, and 1380-1 368
Appendix III: List of Cause Papers Consulted 376
Manuscript Sources 379
Printed Primary Sources 380
Secondary Works 385
Unpublished Theses and Papers 399
Index 401
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