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Noblewomen in the Middle Ages

Their responsibilities, daily life, rights, and clothing.
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on 4 June 2012

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Their Responsibilities,
daily life,
rights,
and education NOBLEWOMEN IN
THE MIDDLE AGES Besides caring for the children, the medieval lady also had many other duties. Ladies also generally were in charge of the castle's kitchen and meals. They were in charge of entertaining guests that arrived at the castle. In times of crisis, ladies also took over jobs that a man usually filled. Sometimes they defended their castles against sieges or led armies on the battlefield. A lady named Matilda,
William the Conqueror's
grand-daughter, led an army
against Stephen of Blois and
won a few battles. Responsibilities/duties Although, noble women had a specific role in the Middle Ages they could not make decisions of importance. Their role, if they were lucky enough to have one, was to help their husband run the estates. This was most important when he was away. They also ran the estate while the men were at battle. The main duty of the noble woman was to give her husband a son. She would usually have 6 to 8 children as most of them didn't live past the age of three. Another duty of the wife was to look after the household servants. Noble women could also cure people that were sick or injured. They would have to settle arguments, handle the finances, and manage the farm and some of the noble women even fought to defend their castle and kingdom. Roles/Responsibilities The daily life of a Noblewoman in the Middle ages followed a similar schedule to that of her lord. This might be her husband, father or brother. The daily life of a Noblewoman during the Middle ages centered around castles or Manors. Much of her time was spent on overseeing the running of the household. Daily Life of a Noblewomen The daily life of a Medieval Noblewoman
can be described as follows: 1.) The daily life of a Noblewoman started at dawn when prayers would be made. Flickr.com
By Lily3251 2.) A noblewoman would be served by her ladies in waiting. She would be assisted with her dress for the day.

3.) The first meal of the day for the Noblewoman was breakfast. 4.)The daily life of the Noblewoman would include discussions on tournaments, marriages, poetry etc. 5.) A Noblewoman would be expected to manage the education of the upper class girls who had sent to their households 6.) A Noblewoman had to be able to take their husbands places at all times. The daily life of noblewoman would change if her husband was absent. She would be expected to look after the finances of the manor or estates including the collection of rents. Supervise the farming and settle all arguments 7.) Mid-morning prayers and a meal

8.) In the afternoon the daily life of Noblewomen turned to wife duties such as
the supervision of meals and making sure stores were sufficient

9.) Free time was spent on sewing and dance practice

10.) Evening prayer and then supper

11.) After supper there might be some entertainment - music, dancing, jugglers, gymnasts, comedians, etc

12.) Bedtime prayers Flickr.com
By FiberArtsy
(no real name given) The Rights of a Medieval Women A woman's job in the middle ages was to have children
and to take care of the household. Noblewomen had no
rights. They were the property of their husband.
Noblewomen were not allowed to choose their own
husbands. Their fathers chose a husband for them. Flickr.com
By Agamid Women were treated as second class citizens.
Many noble women had no rights, only the
privileges granted by fathers or husbands.
Generally though, they were educated and
lived well, far better than the servant, labor, and farm women of the same period. Flickr.com
By Seattleang The Education for the Noblewomen Young noble women such as 7 years old would be sent away from their home to live with another noble family. There she would be taught a range of subjects and skills. Manners and politeness were one of the major important skills, including how to curtsey and how to mix with the greatest nobles in the land. Time would be spent learning how to dance and ride. Archery was also taught to young noble women. These young girls were expected to act as servants to the older ladies of the castle. Education for the Noblewomen in the Medieval Times The duties of the young noble women would be to look after clothes and the assist ladies with their dressing and hairstyle. Some duties for a house wife such as preserving fruits and household management would be taught, to prepare them for their duties as a married woman in the future. High ranking young women would take on the role of ladies-in-waiting and were taught French. Flickr.com
By Sinister pictures
(no real name given) Flickr.com
By berndku Flickr.com
By Agamid
(no real name given) Noblewomen and Marriage Noble women had very little, if any, choice in who her husband might be. Marriages were frequently arranged so that both families involved would benefit. Marriages would be arranged to bring prestige or wealth to the family of noble women. Marriage for love was a rare occurrence. Noble women of the Middle Ages were expected to bring a dowry to the marriage. A dowry was an amount of money, goods, and property that the bride would bring to the marriage. The law gave a husband full rights over his wife, whether she was a Noble woman or a commoner. She effectively became his property. A wealthy marriage of a Noble woman was celebrated by nine days of feasting and jousting. After marriage Noble women of the Middle Ages were expected to run the households but their main duty was to provide children. Large families were the norm in the Middle Ages as the mortality rate for children and babies was so high. After Marriage Many Noble woman made arrangements for the care of their children in case they themselves died during childbirth. The life expectancy of a woman in the Middle Ages was just forty years. Most Medieval woman would become pregnant between 4 and 8 times. A woman during the Middle Ages would expect to lose at least one child. The Death Rates Clip Art Usually a woman had all her children by the time she was twenty. Giving birth was very dangerous and many women did not survive the process. Once the child was born, the lady either nursed it herself, or she would hire a wet nurse to do the task. The lady was also in charge of the servants who took care of the children. Childbearing
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