Women in the Medieval English Countryside: Gender and Household in Brigstock before the Plague (by Judith M. Bennett)


Author(s): Judith M. Bennett

Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish date: 1987-03-12
ISBN-10: 0195040945
ISBN-13: 9780195040944
Language: English
Description: Unlike most histories of European women, which have typically
focused on the 19th and 20th century elite, this study reconstructs
the public lives of peasant women and men during the six decades
before the Black Death of 1348-49. Drawing on the extensive records
of the forest manor of Brigstock, Judith Bennett challenges the
myth of a "golden age" of equality for medieval men and women.
Instead, she ably shows that women faced profound political, legal,
economic, and social disadvantages in their dealings with men.
These disadvantages stemmed more from women's household status as
dependents of their husbands than from any notion of female… more…

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