Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 2862
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Piponnier , Francoise.
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  • Title: The World of Women [Living quarters and work areas (and artistic representations of domestic activity) reveal much about the everyday life and work of medieval women. Rural women were involved in agricultural tasks like tending grapevines and animals, artisan wives and widows participated in selling crafts, and textile production was largely done by urban women (as were the professional activities of sewing and spinning). Evidence from medieval dwellings gives insight into women’s duties in the domestic sphere, including raising children, preparing meals, and even managing the household. Although they did dominate certain fields such as textile production, women at all levels of society enjoyed less freedom of movement and action than men. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
  • Source: A History of Women in the West. Volume 2: Silences of the Middle Ages.  Edited by Christiane Klapisch-Zuber.  Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992.  Pages 323 - 335.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Cities and Towns Daily Life Domestic Life Domestic Space Economics Households Housework Private Sphere and Public Sphere Textiles- Production Wives Work
  • Geographic Area: General
  • Century: General
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  • Author's Affiliation: Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
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  • Year of Publication: 1992.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0674403711
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