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The wealth of wives : women, law, and economy in late medieval London

Author: Barbara A Hanawalt
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"London became an international center for import and export trade in the late Middle Ages. The export of wool, the development of luxury crafts and the redistribution of goods from the continent made London one of the leading commercial cities of Europe. While capital for these ventures came from a variety of sources, the recirculation of wealth through London women was important in providing both material and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hanawalt, Barbara.
Wealth of wives.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2007
(OCoLC)654751265
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Barbara A Hanawalt
ISBN: 9780195311754 9780195311761 0195311752 0195311760
OCLC Number: 122309077
Description: xiv, 317 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Daughters and identities --
Education and apprenticeship --
Inheritance, dowry, and dower --
The formation of marriage --
Recovery of dower and widows' remarriage --
For better or for worse : the marital experience --
Standard of living and women as consumers --
Women as entrepreneurs --
Servants, casual labor, and vendors.
Other Titles: Women, law, and economy in late medieval London
Responsibility: Barbara A. Hanawalt.

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This book argues that an overlooked source of liquid capital for the growth of London's late medieval economy was the wealth that women accumulated through inheritance, dowry, and dower and women's  Read more...
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Hanawalt provides fresh evidence, and is judicious about the claims that she makes. * Journal of Social History * Hanawalt has read the documents in imaginative ways...this book is likely to stand as Read more...

 
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