The Resource Women, dowries and agency : marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia, Dana Wessell Lightfoot

Women, dowries and agency : marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia, Dana Wessell Lightfoot

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Women, dowries and agency : marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia
Title
Women, dowries and agency
Title remainder
marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia
Statement of responsibility
Dana Wessell Lightfoot
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"This book examines labouring-status women in late medieval Valencia as they negotiated the fundamentally defining experience of their lives: marriage. Through the use of notarial records and civil court cases, it argues that the socioeconomic and immigrant status of these women greatly enhanced their ability to exercise agency not only in choosing a spouse and gathering dotal assets, but also in controlling this property after they wed. Although the prevailing legal code in Valencia appeared to give wives little authority over these assets, court records demonstrate they were still able to negotiate a measure of control. In these actions, labouring-status wives exercised agency by protecting their marital goods from harm, using legal statutes to their own advantage. The key factors in this argument are the immigrant and labouring-status background of these women. Many women immigrated to Valencia on their own from smaller towns and villages. In doing so, these women moved outside of their natal families' sphere of influence, making them less embedded and subject to the authority of their kin relations. Labouring-status women worked themselves, most often as servants, to generate the necessary funds for their dowries. These factors gave wives of this status greater agency than elite women in contracting their marriages, providing dotal assets and challenging their husbands' authority over this property in dowry restitution cases. Without the influence of their natal families in making marital decisions, these wives were able to act independently in controlling their marital property, negotiating the structures of patriarchy to their advantage"--Provided by publisher
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BTCTA
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Lightfoot, Dana Wessell
Illustrations
maps
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ650.15.V35
LC item number
L54 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Gender in history
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Marriage
  • Wives
  • Women employees
  • Women
  • Dowry
Label
Women, dowries and agency : marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia, Dana Wessell Lightfoot
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Publication
Distribution
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The making of marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia : canon law, civil law, and community opinion -- Marital alliances and the choice of spouse -- Marital property of labouring-status wives -- Germania contracts : the exception to the rule -- Earning the dowry : domestic service and donations -- The right to property : dowry restitution in fifteenth-century Valencia
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 220 pages
Isbn
9780719089466
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • 4341583-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4341583
  • (Sirsi) o856053431
  • (OCoLC)856053431
Label
Women, dowries and agency : marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia, Dana Wessell Lightfoot
Publication
Distribution
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The making of marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia : canon law, civil law, and community opinion -- Marital alliances and the choice of spouse -- Marital property of labouring-status wives -- Germania contracts : the exception to the rule -- Earning the dowry : domestic service and donations -- The right to property : dowry restitution in fifteenth-century Valencia
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
x, 220 pages
Isbn
9780719089466
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
map
System control number
  • 4341583-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4341583
  • (Sirsi) o856053431
  • (OCoLC)856053431

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