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Published: 03 November 2016

336 Pages


ISBN: 9780198785828

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Royal Bastards

The Birth of Illegitimacy, 800-1230

Sara McDougall

Oxford Studies in Medieval European History

  • The only dedicated history of illegitimate children in medieval Europe
  • Rethinks many long-held notions of medieval social, political, and legal history
  • Challenges our ideas about the role of women and female lineage in medieval society
  • Seeks to reinstate the importance of canon and secular law in the eleventh to mid-twelfth centuries, for illegitimate children and more broadly.