Willkommen, schön sind Sie da!
Logo Ex Libris

Women, dowries and agency

  • E-Book (epub)
  • 240 Seiten
(0) Erste Bewertung abgeben
Alle Bewertungen ansehen
This book examines labouring-status women in late medieval Valencia as they negotiated the fundamentally defining experience of t... Weiterlesen
E-Books ganz einfach mit der kostenlosen Ex Libris-Reader-App lesen. Hier erhalten Sie Ihren Download-Link.
CHF 43.90
Download steht sofort bereit
Informationen zu E-Books
E-Books eignen sich auch für mobile Geräte (sehen Sie dazu die Anleitungen).
E-Books von Ex Libris sind mit Adobe DRM kopiergeschützt: Erfahren Sie mehr.
Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.


This book examines labouring-status women in late medieval Valencia as they negotiated the fundamentally defining experience of their lives: marriage. Through the use of notarial records and civil court cases, it argues that the socio-economic and immigrant status of these women greatly enhanced their ability to exercise agency not only in choosing a spouse and gathering dotal assets, but also in controlling this property after they wed. Although the prevailing legal code in Valencia appeared to give wives little authority over these assets, court records demonstrate that they were still able to negotiate a measure of control. In these actions, labouring-status wives exercised agency by protecting their marital goods from harm, using legal statutes to their own advantage.

In looking at the experiences of labouring-status women, this monograph shifts the debate regarding women's access to and control of property in the medieval period. Exploring a group previously unexamined by scholars, it argues that our understanding of women's marital strategies changes, challenging the central role of blood and marital kin in these negotiations.


Dana Wessell Lightfoot is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Northern British Columbia


1. The making of marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia: canon law, civil law and community opinion
2. Marital alliances and the choice of spouse
3. Marital property of labouring-status wives
4. Germanía contracts: the exception to the rule
5. Earning the dowry: domestic service and donations
6. The right to property: dowry restitution in fifteenth-century Valencia


Titel: Women, dowries and agency
Untertitel: Marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia
EAN: 9781526112446
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Hersteller: Canongate Books
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 240
Veröffentlichung: 16.05.2016
Dateigrösse: 1.2 MB