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Role Of Women In The Middle Ages

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Emma Martinez

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The Role of Women in the Middle Ages
By: Emma Martinez
Serapia Silva
Due: September 27, 2017
Table Of Contents
Women in Home ( peasant and middle class)
Marriage and Motherhood
Women in religion (all classes)
Daily Life ( noble class)
Women in the Home
Famous Noblewomen and Queens
Upper Class Women
Daily Life
Upper Class Women wake at dawn
Next she would dress. Her ladies-in-waiting would help her dress
Then she would eat breakfast
If her husband was absent then she would take care of his duties
The would say mid-morning prayers and have a meal
Then in the afternoon she would supervise the cooking and make sure that the shops were running sufficently
Then she would spend some time to embrodier and practice dancing
Then she say a prayer and have a meal in the hall of the castle or the manor house
After supper her and her husband would wactch entertainment such as- music, dancing, jugglers, achrobats, jesters, ect
Then there would be bedtime prayers were said after the entertainment
Women in the Home
Women of other backgrounds would do things such as cooking, noblewomen did not
In those times noblewomen had no place in the kitchen
Noblewomen would also not cook or clean
Noblewomen would also not do weaving.
That was done by her ladies-in-waiting and her servants
Noblewomen in dead do gardening, but even then she would do very little of gardening for herself
She would employ people to do it for her
Noblewomen's favorite animal was a horse
She had someone groom it for her
Noblewomen would raise their children as if they were nannies
A noblewomen's marriage was usually arranged for them
Noblewomen could marry by the the time they were age 12
Marriage could even happen when the women and man were seven years of age
When married the noblewomen become the property of their husband
A marriage of a wealthy man would be celebrated by nine days of celebration and feasting
When a women was to be wed then a notice would be put on the front door of the church
The noticed would say who was to be married, and if anyone had a reason for them not to be married then to come forward
There was lots of reasons for marriages not to happen, such as they were to closely related
A couple could also not be married in a time of fasting, such as lent
Women In The Home
Women were expected to help their husbands
Lower class woman able to marry who they want.
Every town had at least one baking oven.
Water was not usually safe to drink.
Wives of merchants and craftsmen were usually better off then those in the peasant class.

Marriage and Motherhood
Women expected to get married and have children
Children were important in a healthy marriage
Barren women find themselves divorced and in a convent
Bearing Children was dangerous
Women took care of children
Most mothers hired "babysitters" or wet nurses
Children were the mothers responsibility till age 7
Then they helped their parents
Many children died before age 7
Some thought being a mother was awful
Many women just decided that being a nun was easier. But was it?
Peasant and Middle Class
Famous Noblewomen and Queens
Bridget of Sweden
Blanche of Castile
Empress Theodora
Women in religion
Thank you
for Listening
In the middle ages religion dominated.
Women played a noticeable part in the spread of Christianity.
Many women choose to join convents instead of marrying, or divorce.
Monasteries were refuges, places for learning, and centers of activity.
They received enormous funds.
Nuns chose jobs to specialize in when they are not busy doing other things.
Jobs are nurse, teacher, herbalist, and business manager.
Monasteries also served as infirmaries.
Early nuns were mostly from the aristocracy.
In the beginning the main activities were manual labor and reading the bible.
In the middle ages the lower and middle class were treated very badly. They had to do many things that were considered easy "womens" work including mothering, housework, and could hold no power. They also were consided one of the lowest on the social charts second only to servants and slaves.
Women of the noble class and queens did not have much respect or power such as peasants, but the were in a higher class and they did have more care then peasants. Most of the time she would borrow her husbands power
Women were expected to do all of the household work
It was the women's job to take care of the children till they were 7
Women had many different styles throughout the middle ages
Women played a big part in the spread of Christianity.
Daily life was eventful
Women had a lot to do in the home. They also had lots of ties outside the home
Marriage was difficult because it was arranged
Many noble women and queens got their titles by contributing
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