Women And Economic Activities In Late Medieval Ghent

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

byShennan Hutton

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Women and Economic Activities in Late Medieval Ghent argues that women managed their own wealth to a far greater extent than previously recognized.  Women bought, sold, sued, lent money, and contracted debts with little legal or financial oversight of men.  Contrary to the widespread view that women exercised economic autonomy only in widowhood, Hutton argues that marital status was not the chief determinant of women’s economic activities in the mid-fourteenth century. 

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Women and Economic Activities in Late Medieval Ghent argues that women managed their own wealth to a far greater extent than previously recognized.  Women bought, sold, sued, lent money, and contracted debts with little legal or financial oversight of men.  Contrary to the widespread view that women exercised economic autonomy only in ...

Shennan Hutton is a Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of California, Davis.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.93 × 5.67 × 0.74 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230104959

ISBN - 13:9780230104952

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The Urban Context * Activity and Continuity: Patterns of Women’s Economic Participation * “Her and All Her Property”: Gender and Property Transactions * Webs of Credit and Circulation of Wealth * Married Partners and Single Women as Producers and Sellers * The Changing Fortunes of the Burgher and Patrimonial Constructions