Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index

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1. Record Number: 7866
Author(s): Berkhofer, Robert F., III
Title : Marriage, Lordship, and the "Greater Unfree" in Twelfth-Century France [The author uses records from northern French monasteries and information about two well-documented unfree mayoral families to explore the supervision that lords (in these cases abbots) could exert on the marriages of the more important and wealthy unfree. The author also looks at the changes in canon law in regard to marriage and the comparative case of "merchet" (a marriage payment owed to the lord by the unfree) in England. Title note supplied by Feminae.].
Source: Past and Present , 173., (November 2001):  Pages 3 - 27.
Year of Publication: 2001.