Introduction
in Women in England c. 1275–1525
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book provides substantial overview of current thinking about English medieval women below the level of the greater aristocracy. Much writing on medieval women has, moreover, drawn upon literary sources, a reflection of the way in which the field of Medieval Studies has come to be dominated by literary scholars. The purpose of the book is twofold. The first is to make accessible and thus more familiar a broad variety of sources that can throw light on English medieval women in England. The second is to stimulate scholarship that makes greater use of a range of sources than has hitherto been normal. The book explores the life-cycle themes of childhood, adolescence, married life, widowhood and old age. It examines such topics as work in town and country, prostitution, the law, recreation and devotion.

Women in England c. 1275–1525

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