Treatment of Women

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  • TREATMENT OF WOMEN IN MEDIEVAL BRITAIN
    • PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY - men dominated everything, this had to be accepted
    • ROLE: to support her husband and care for her family and husband as she was seen as his property
      • IMPORTANT TO PRODUCE A MALE HEIR
    • Unfair treatment at work - women paid less for doing the same job e.g. for reaping a man could get 8p a day whereas a woman would get 5p
      • If they complain then they would face punishment
    • Medieval trades' guilds - limited women's roles, barred from joining them, skilled job was usually unavailable for women, only allowed clothes making
    • LAWS AGAINST WOMEN
      • Not allowed to marry without their parents consent
      • Not allowed to divorce their husbands
      • Couldn't own property of any kind unless they were widows
      • Could not inherit land from their parents if they had any living brothers
    • MARRIAGE
      • Girls from richer families tended to marry earlier
        • Poorer families needed workers
      • RICH - usually married to someone as a political gesture or because it was an advantage to the family
      • GIRLS HAD NO CHOICE OVER WHO THEY MARRIED
      • MARRIED THEY CAME UNDER THE CONTROL OF THEIR HUSBANDS

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