Medieval Gentelwoman: Life in a Gentry Household in the Later Middle Ages (Military Handbooks)
- Publish Date: 1999-06-14
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Ffiona Swabey
This detailed study offers an addition to research on women in late medieval England. Its starting point is evidence from the life of one particular woman, Alice de Bryene, a Suffolk heiress of the late-14th and and early-15th centuries. As a widow and owner of several large estates, she appears to have enjoyed greater status, influence and independence than most married women of the period. Through an examination of Alice's household book , and using other extant contemporary sources, the author illuminates the experiences of medieval women in general. The resulting work provides a picture of life in the medieval household, examining marriage and widowhood, daily household and estate management, hospitality and entertainment, education, patronage, religious concerns and the private and public roles of medieval women of the estate-owning class.