Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 28003
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  • Contributor(s): R. E. Treharne, selector
  • Title: The Petition of the Barons, May 1258, Sections 1-6 [Reforms the magnates put forward included free entry for heirs (including daughters) with no profits taken by the bailiffs. Further they asked that the king not “disparage” women when arranging their marriages by giving them to foreign-born husbands. Later in the petition in Section 27 (pp. 88-89), the barons stipulated that a woman’s dowry upon her death without children should revert to her father or brother. In addition they wanted widows to no longer be allowed to give, sell, or enfeoff their dowries. They argued that the dowries were conditional gifts and should revert to the man who gave it or to his heirs. Title note supplied by Feminae.]
  • Source: Documents of the Baronial Movement of Reform and Rebellion 1258-1267.  Edited by I. J. SandersOxford Medieval Texts.  Clarendon Press, 1973.  Pages 76 - 81.
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  • Article Type: Edition of Text; Translation
  • Subject (See Also): Dowries Inheritance Marriage Widows
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  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 13
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  • Year of Publication: 1973.
  • Language: English; Latin
  • ISSN/ISBN: 019822222X