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Aristocratic Economies: Women and Family  

Joanna Drell

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Aug 2013
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Jan 2013
This essay examines the economic activities and "work" of aristocratic women, c.1000–c.1400. Despite the limitations posed by law, custom, and social expectation, women played a central ... More

The Bride of Christ, the “Male Woman,” and the Female Reader in Late Antiquity  

Kate Cooper

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Aug 2013
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Dec 2013
Christian literature in late antiquity offered contrasting models of female sanctity, emphasizing alternately the gender ambiguity of the young woman dressed as a man, and the nuptial ... More

Brideprice, Dowry, and other Marital Assigns  

Susan Mosher Stuard

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Aug 2013
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Jan 2013
Between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, morgengabe, a husband's gift to his wife marking the formal consummation of marriage, was replaced in Italian, southern French, and Spanish ... More

The Byzantine Body  

Kathryn Ringrose

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Aug 2013
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Jan 2013
The Byzantines perceived the body as malleable, able to be changed to suit the needs of society. They also believed that the appearance of the outer body reflected the quality of the inner ... More

Caring for Gendered Bodies  

Monica Green

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Aug 2013
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Dec 2013
Given the comparatively slow pace of human evolution, the body, as a biological entity, may be taken more or less as a historical constant during the past 1500 years. But every interaction ... More

Carolingian Domesticities  

Rachel Stone

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Aug 2013
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Jan 2013
Carolingian ideas of "home" and "family" encompassed a wide range of meanings from physical buildings to kin and free and unfree dependents. Kinship ties played a vital role, both socially ... More

Communism and Women  

Donna Harsch

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Jan 2014
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Dec 2013
This article discusses women and gender relations under communism, beginning in the Soviet Union in the 1920s, continuing through the Cold War era in Eastern Europe, and including Cuba and ... More

Conflicts Over Gender in Civic Courts  

Carol Lansing

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Aug 2013
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Dec 2012
Civic court records are a rare source for medieval social experience and attitudes, including low-status people who do not appear in most records. Because the requirements for proof in ... More

Cults of Saints  

Miri Rubin

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Aug 2013
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Mar 2013
The cult of saints in the Middle Ages is considered here through the operation of gender. Gender is shown to be have determined who was considered a saint, how holiness was pursued by ... More

Cultures of Devotion  

Kathleen Ashley

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Aug 2013
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Dec 2012
Cultures of devotion in multiple forms were central to medieval lives, and because of their significance they became sites for defining and negotiating gender identities and issues. The ... More

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