Married Women in Legal Practice: Agency and Norms in the Swedish Realm, 1350-1450, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Married Women in Legal Practice

Agency and Norms in the Swedish Realm, 1350-1450, 1st Edition

By Charlotte Cederbom


224 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367363123
pub: 2019-09-04
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This book describes the ways in which married women appeared in legal practice in the medieval Swedish realm 1350-1450, through both the agency of women, and through the norms that surrounded their actions. Since there were no court protocols kept, legal practice must be studied through other sources. For this book, more than 6,000 original charters have been researched, and a database of all the charters pertaining to women created. This enables new findings from an area that has previously not been studied on a larger scale, and reveals trends and tendencies regarding aspects considered central to married women’s agency, such as networks, criminal liability, and procedural capacity.

Table of Contents


1. Defining Women’s Legal Status

2. Married Women and Legal Representation

3. Married Women and Property Management

4. What Married Women Could and Did Do – A Summary and Some Conclusions

About the Author

Charlotte Cederbom is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Gender and History

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Scandinavia
HISTORY / Social History