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English Church Monuments in the Middle AgesHistory and Representation$
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Nigel Saul

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199215980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215980.001.0001

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The Monuments of Women

The Monuments of Women

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(p.290) 12 The Monuments of Women
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English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages
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Nigel Saul (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199215980.003.0012

Women are shown on effigial monuments either alone or alongside their husbands. The chapter argues that the monuments of women are no less status-conscious than those of their menfolk, with status being indicated by such motifs as rich clothing and attributes such as necklaces and jewellery. A specifically female identity is difficult to detect, however, because typically the woman's identity was subsumed into the group identity of her family, usually (except in the case of heiresses) her husband's family. Many monuments of women were anyway commissioned by their male spouses, making them more the expressions of male than female taste.

Keywords:   husbands, spouses, status-conscious, identity, heiresses

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