Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 5702
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Kenny , Gillian.
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  • Title: The Power of Dower: The Importance of Dower in the Lives of Medieval Women in Ireland [The author argues that the financial resources made available to widows from their dowers transformed their lives. They took over many of their husbands' roles including bringing suits in court and donating to local religious institutions. Both the widows and their heirs sometimes had difficulties accustoming themselves to the changes in power. 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 59 - 74.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Dower Family Inheritance Ireland Land Tenure Law Noble Women Power Widows Women in Active Roles
  • Geographic Area: British Isles
  • Century: 12-13
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  • Author's Affiliation: Trinity College [Ph.D. student]
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  • Year of Publication: 2003.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 1851827749
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