Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 16313
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): de Trafford , Claire.
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  • Title: Share and Share Alike? The Marriage Portion, Inheritance, and Family Politics [The author explores the use of the marriage portion or "maritagium" given by the bride's family, usually in the form of land or rents. Since wives had a say in the disposal of their "maritagia," it tended to increase their status in the family. Also there was an effort to provide for all children, including daughters, rather than the later emphasis on a sole male heir with primogeniture. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: Studies on Medieval and Early Modern Women: Pawns or Players?  Edited by Christine Meek and Catherine Lawless.  Four Courts Press, 2003.  Pages 36 - 48.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Daughters Dowries Family Inheritance Maritagium (Latin: Dowry from the Bride's Family) Marriage Mothers Widows Wives
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 11-12
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1851827749
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