A MEDIEVAL WOMAN'S LIFE - AT HOME
- BIRTHS - WEDDINGS - DIVORCE - DEATHS - MANNERS - EDUCATION - EMPLOYMENT
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A Medieval Woman's Life
spite of the often harsh life in the medieval period which some women
encountered, celebrations, whether religious or personal, were fairly
frequent. Education and employment opportunities did exist for girls
in many cases. Men were defined by their jobs and their rank in society
while medieval women were defined by their marital status. They were
either Virgins, Wives or Widows. Whether wealthy or poor, a woman's
lot depended on which of these she was.
A great deal of the fortunes of medieval women depended on her rank in society and her marital status. Everything from her clothes, diet, work, social and legal opportunities, dental care to familial obligations, her role in births, deaths and marriage options, all depended on her financial and social position at the time of her birth. According to legal historian Frederick Maitland, at certain times a medieval woman:
On the following pages you will find a general overview of each of these topics. This is by no means the complete guide to each occasion.
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