Journals Higher Education



Published: 12 March 1987

338 Pages

ISBN: 9780195040944

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Women in the Medieval English Countryside

Gender and Household in Brigstock before the Plague

Judith M. Bennett

This study reconstructs the public lives of peasant women and men during the six decades preceding the Black Death of 1348-49. Drawing on the extensive records of the forest manor of Brigstock, Judith Bennett challenges the myth of a "golden age" of equality for medieval men and women. Instead, she demonstrates that women faced profound political, legal, economic, and social disadvantages in their dealings with men.