The Fourth Estate: A History of Women in the Middle Ages

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Routledge, Dec 16, 2003 - History - 390 pages
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Did women really constitute a `fourth estate' in medieval society and, if so, in what sense? In this wide-ranging study Shulamith Shahar considers this and the whole question of the varying attitudes to women and their status in western Europe between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries.
 

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Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Public and Legal Rights
Nuns
Married Women
Women in the Nobility
Townswomen
Women in the Peasantry
Witches and the Heretical Movements
Notes
Index

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