Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 18743
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Wareham , Andrew.
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  • Title: The Transformation of Kinship and the Family in Late Anglo-Saxon England
  • Source: Early Medieval Europe 10, 3 ( 2001): Pages 375 - 399.
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  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Commemoration Death Family Genealogy Monks Nobility Patrilineage Wills
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 10-11
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  • Table: Five tables. Table One Family tree of Wynflaed. Table Two Family tree of Ealdorman Ælfheah. Table Three Family tree of Ælfgifu and Ealdorman Æthelweard. Table Four Family tree of Æthelgifu. Table Five Family tree of Wulfric, son of Wulfrun.
  • Abstract: The development of the family into a small unit in which descent was traced almost exclusively through the male line is regarded as a major turning point in medieval European history. The early stages of the formation of agnatic kinship have usually been connected to strategies designed to preserve and retain control of patrimonies and castles, arising from the breakdown of public order. In this article it is suggested that the emergence of new kinship values was connected to the investment of aristocratic energy and resources in monastic programmes, and to subtle changes in lay involvement with the rituals associated with death and the salvation of souls.
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  • Year of Publication: 2001.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 09639462
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