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Women in the Medieval English Countryside By Judith M. Bennett

Women in the Medieval English Countryside
by Judith M. Bennett

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This study of the rights of women in medieval England uses as its focal point the daily activities of an early 14th-century manor house. The author argues that married women were more restricted than their widowed or single counterparts because of their status as dependents of their husbands.
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Women in the Medieval English Countryside: Gender and Household in Brigstock before the Plague by Judith M. Bennett

In this book, Judith Bennett addresses the gap in our knowledge of medieval country women by examining how their lives differed from those of rural men. Drawing on her study of an English manor in the early fourteenth century, she finds that rural women were severely restricted in their public roles and rights primarily because of their household status as dependents of their husbands, rather than because of a notion of female inferiority. Adolescent women and widows, by virtue of their unmarried status, enjoyed greater legal and public freedom than their married counterparts.

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Women in the Medieval English Countryside Reviews


'The analysis is sensitive, and the judgements sensible ... we can appreciate the useful contribution that this book makes to the history both of women and of medieval society' Christopher Dyer, History 'meticulously researched and elegantly argued book' Merry E. Wiesner, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Social History

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GOR010396241
Women in the Medieval English Countryside: Gender and Household in Brigstock before the Plague by Judith M. Bennett
Judith M. Bennett
Used - Like New
Paperback
Oxford University Press Inc
1989-09-28
338
0195045610
9780195045611
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The book has been read, but looks new. The book cover has no visible wear, and the dust jacket is included if applicable. No missing or damaged pages, no tears, possible very minimal creasing, no underlining or highlighting of text, and no writing in the margins.