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Medieval Women and Urban Justice: Commerce, Crime and Community in England, 1300-1500 (Gender in History) (Hardcover)

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This book provides a detailed analysis of women's involvement in litigation and other legal actions within their local communities in late-medieval England. It draws upon the rich records of three English towns - Nottingham, Chester and Winchester - and their courts to bring to life the experiences of hundreds of women within the systems of local justice. Through comparison of the records of three towns, and of women's roles in different types of legal action, the book reveals the complex ways in which individual women's legal status could vary according to their marital status, different types of plea and the town that they lived in. At this lowest level of medieval law, women's status was malleable, making each woman's experience of justice unique.

About the Author


Teresa Phipps is Honorary Research Fellow at Swansea University


Product Details
ISBN: 9781526134592
ISBN-10: 1526134594
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Publication Date: April 3rd, 2020
Pages: 232
Language: English
Series: Gender in History