Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 20747
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Fleming , Robin
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  • Title: Bones for Historians: Putting the Body back into Biography [The author begins with a case study of a woman's skeleton from a cemetery near Barrington in Cambridgeshire. She was not quite twenty when she died and had extremely rich grave goods including a bed, one of only eleven such bed burials known in England. Surprisingly her skull gives evidence of an advance stage of leprosy and her lower legs were also badly infected. Fleming then considers skeletal evidence for questions about mortality by gender, the impact of children's chronic health problems on their lives as adults, and the health dangers present in urban settings. Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Writing Medieval Biography, 750-1250: Essays in Honour of Professor Frank Barlow.  Edited by David Bates, Julia Crick, and Sarah Hamilton.  Boydell Press, 2006.  Pages 29 - 48.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Archaeology Biography Burials Gender Human Remains Leprosy Mortality
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 7
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  • Table: Seven tables and two graphs. Table One Percentage of women whe reached adulthood but died by the age of twenty-five or thirty-five. Table Two Highest adult mortality by cemetery and sex. Table Three Percentage of adults dead by thirty-five by cemetery and sex. Table Four For every 100 men and women who reached adulthood, number in population who lived to the age of thrity-five. Table Five for every 100 males or 100 females born, number of population who reached the age of thrity-five (child mortality calculated at 48%). Table Six Prevalence of stress indicators in subadults. Table Seven Prevalence of cribra orbitalia in different burial populations. Graph One Age structure of population at Raunds. Graph Two Ratio of children to adults at Raunds.
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  • Year of Publication: 2006.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1843832623
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