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Medieval Women and the Law New ed

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ISBN13: 9780851159324
ISBN: 085115932X
Published: March 2005
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Format: Paperback
Price: £19.99

Determined and largely successful effort to read behind and alongside legal discourses to discover women's voices and women's feelings. It adds usefully to the wider debate on women's role in medieval society. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW What is really new here is the ways in which the authors approach the history of the law: they use some decidedly non-legal texts to examine legal history; they bring together historical and literary sources; and they debunk the view that medieval laws had little to say about women or that medieval women had little legal agency. ALBION The legal position of the late medieval woman has been much neglected, and it is this gap which the essays collected here seek to fill. They explore the ways in which women of all ages and stations during the late middle ages (c.1300-c.1500) could legally shift for themselves, and how and where they did so.;Particular topics discussed include the making of wills, the age of consent, rights concerning marriage, care, custody and guardianship (with particular emphasis on the rights of a mother attempting to gain custody of her own children within the court system), women as traders, women as criminals, prostitution, the rights of battered women within the courts, the procedures women had to go through to gain legal redress and access, rape, and women within guilds. NOEL JAMES MENUGE gained her Ph.D. from the Centre of Medieval Studies at the University of York. Contributors: P.J.P. GOLDBERG, VICTORIA THOMPSON, JENNIFER SMITH, CORDELIA BEATTIE, KATHERINE J. LEWIS, NOEL JAMES MENUGE, CORINNE SAUNDERS, KIM M. PHILLIPS, EMMA HAWKES.

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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.