When and why did medieval women dance?
Dancing was acceptible for women from every walk of life. Peasant
women danced, townswomen danced and it was also expected that
noble women would dance.
The Goodman of Paris, a nobleman, speaks to his young wife about
her girlish passtimes which he feels are entirely suitable for
her position in society. He says:
Know that I take delight rather
than displeasure in your cultivating rose bushes, caring for
violets and making chaplets, and also in your dancing and singing;
I wish you to continue to do so among our friends and peers,
for it is only right and just that you should thus pass the
days of your maidenly youth. Nevertheless, I do not want you
to attempt to attend banquets or dances of very great lords,
for that is not at all proper or becoming for your social status