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Medieval Women and the Law

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ISBN13: 9780851157757
ISBN: 0851157750
Published: July 2000
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: £40.00



The question of women's status within mediaeval society has generated much interest concerning their social position, education, piety, relationships, and autonomy withing these arenas. This volume unites all these issues in its exploration of the legal agency of mediaeval women.;Essays focus upon women's control over property and testamentary bequests, over living arrangements, guardianship, and over their own bodies. While some of the conclusions question women's ability to act in law, other essays reveal that some had an understanding of their legal rights and of wider legal procedures that enabled them to exercise a degree of legal autonomy.

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Contents:
Women, power and protection in 10th- and 11th-century England, Victoria Thompson; unfamiliar territory - women, land and law in Occitania, 1130-1250, Jennifer Smith; a room of one's own? the legal evidence for the legal arrangements of women without husbands in late-14th and early-15th-century York, Cordelia Beattie; women, testamentary discourse and life-writing in later mediaeval England, Katherine J. Lewis; a few home truths - the mediaeval mother as guardian in romance and law, Noel James Menuge; a matter of consent - Middle English romance and the law of raptus, Corinne Saunders; written on the body - reading rape from the 12th to the 15th centuries, Kim M. Phillips; ""[S]he will... protect and defend her rights boldly by law and reason..."" - women's knowledge of common law and equity courts in late-mediaeval England, Emma Hawkes.