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Women, Work, and Life Cycle in a Medieval Economy: Women in York and Yorkshire c.1300-1520

P. J. P. Goldberg


This is an innovative analysis of the relationship between women's economic opportunity and marriage in the 14th and 15th centuries. It is based on an intensive study of York and Yorkshire, but also utilizes evidence from other parts of England and continental Europe. The book explores the role of women in the economy and the part that marriage played in their lives. Importantly, it challenges the Wrigley and Schofield thesis of nuptiality: the analysis of the demography of marriage demonstrates that in late medieval Yorkshire, women participated strongly in the labour force, deferring marriag ... More

Keywords: women, economic opportunity, marriage, York, Yorkshire, England, Wrigley, Schofield, nuptiality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201540
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201540.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

P. J. P. Goldberg, author
University of York