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YorkThe Making of a City 1068-1350$
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Sarah Rees Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198201946

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201946.001.0001

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Domestic Property

Domestic Property

(p.270) 8 Domestic Property

Sarah Rees Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the owners and tenants of urban property. It analyses the gendered characteristics of the property market as well as the changing value of property prices and rents and their variation between neighbourhoods and over time. It examines the role that property played in the creation of families through sustaining matrimonial alliances as much as patrilineal dynastic descent. It argues that throughout the period when rented properties are recorded (primarily after 1300) female-headed households were a significant and constant feature of the urban property market in York. The only significant change after 1360 was a decline in the average amounts of rent they paid compared to male-headed households. Thus many of the social characteristics relating to female independence that have been claimed as resulting from the impact of plague need to be reassessed.

Keywords:   family, property, gender, women, rent, urban growth and decline, housing, timber framing, urban occupations, Black Death

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