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Medieval Single Women


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Introduction Medieval classification schemes Single woman as a category of difference 1: Classification in Cultural Context Clean maids, true wives, and steadfast widows Femmes soles Marriage, social change, and the politics of classification 2: The Single Woman in a Penitential Discourse Penitential discourse, women, and sexual sin Fourteen degrees of active lechery Seven states of chastity 3: The Single Woman in a Fiscal Discourse The schedule for the 1379 tax and the classification process The Bishop's Lynn poll tax return of 1379 Widows, daughters, and work Thinking with single women 4: The Single Woman in Guild Texts Single sisters and the guild returns of 1388-9 Maidens and single men: the register of the guild of the Holy Cross, Stratford-upon-Avon (1406-1535) 5: 'Singlewoman' as a Personal Designation Early examples of 'singlewoman' York's civic records c.1475-c.1540 From the medieval to the early modern Conclusion: Cultural Intersections


...interesting and persuasive...an example of how to do careful social and cultural history that never strays from the sources but that also offers a fruitful analysis of those same documents. * Amy M. Froide Reviews in History Online *
Very readable and informative...the author is to be congratulated on a book which - while most definitely a specialist study of the sources that clearly contributes new evidence to discussions about the conceptualisation of women in medieval England - is also an inviting and informative read for non-historians. * Nicola McLelland, Gender and History *

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