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Medieval Women


Randy Steagall

on 11 November 2012

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Medieval Women
by Andrea, Zack, Erin, Randy, Erika Clothing •Social class often determined what women's clothing looked like.
◦The clothing of peasants was very simple while the nobility had more emphasis on the sleeves and garments.
◦Royalty wore colorful dresses with tall headdresses, usually shaped as butterflies or hearts, and pointed shoes.
• Married women wore tight-fitting caps and nets over their hair, which was usually up in a bun. Other women wore veils over their hair. Their hair was usually either left down or braided tightly.
•Women in the early medieval times wore "kirtles", which are tunics worn to the ankles.
•For children, different fabrics symbolized them growing up. A girl would wear a
◦A bodice is a tight-fitting top that is laced up on the back. (clothing) Women during medieval times had little in terms of roles in the world(Medieval). Women were considered to be inferior to men and would not be given the same treatment as men, therefore being expected just to clean and cook. Women did many of the tasks men would do on the land(Medieval). Women were underpaid and underappreciated." For reaping, a man could get 8 pence a day. For the same task, women would get 5 pence." Girls in medieval times would marry at a certain age depending on their social class. Women from rich families would marry sooner than a woman from a poorer family, who would marry in their late twenties(Medieval). Male births in society were highly favored and to women it was sometimes deadly. It is thought that 20% of women died during childbirth in medieval times (Medieval). Women's Lifestyles •Noblewomen during the early middle ages were typically viewed as property, though the idea of Romance began to develop during the 11th and 12th centuries as crusading knights returned. (Middle Ages)
•Women in medieval society were almost always married by the age of 24, most were married before they reached 19. (This sounds really young, but more than half the population of western Europe was was less than 20.) (Marriage)
•Arranged marriages were common, especially for ladies of the higher social classes. Often, girls were promised in marriage by the age of 10 or 11. (Marriage)
•The marriage ceremony was required to have the consent of a priest after a decree in 1076. In the 16th century, it became required to have a priest performing the ceremony. (Marriage)
•Wedding ceremonies early on may have been carried out in the castle or outdoors, but were usually held within the church by the end of the middle ages.
•A coin broken in half could be substituted for a ring if the families were poor, the bride and groom each carrying half. Marriage In Medieval Times •Young single women often wore their hair loose.
•Young, single women/widows, and in some cases women from the knight and noble classes, had particular privileges that only men had.
•Land-holding, unmarried women were powerful and had the same rights as men.
•Young women could save money through land sales and wages earned through work. Widows could trade, exchange and sell their property and were considered legally liable for their actions. In courts they could appear without a man to pursue litigation, and answer complaints.
•Unmarried women and widows and in some cases women from the knight and noble classes had particular priveleges that only men had.
•Some unmarried women would join convents along with nunneries which offered them a chance to obtain an education.
•Once married, almost all Medieval women wore a linen wrap to cover the hair. This was a clear sign to other men that they were already married.
•When a woman married, she forfeited her land and rights to her husband Differences between a married and unmarried medieval woman. •Women were said to be inferior to men.
•Women were taught that they should obey their husbands and fathers.
•Women had the disadvantage... they could only inherit if they had no living brothers because land and title went to the eldest son in most places.
•Women sometimes had the responsibility of running large estates because of the death of a husband.
•In some countries, women were not allowed to rule. However, in other countries they could be knights and even monarchs.
•Most women of both social classes were restricted to household tasks such as cooking, sewing, weaving and spinning.
•At the age of eight, boys begin their education away from women. They thought that if they stayed around women, the boys would develop feminine traits. Boys began their education in knighthood. Girls began their education around the house Medieval Rights of Women Citations 1. "Medieval Women." History Learning Site. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2012.


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