2nd Edition

The Fourth Estate A History of Women in the Middle Ages

By Shulamith Shahar Copyright 2003
    390 Pages
    by Routledge

    392 Pages
    by Routledge

    Did women really constitute a `fourth estate' in medieval society and, if so, in what sense? In this wide-ranging study Shulamith Shahar considers this and the whole question of the varying attitudes to women and their status in western Europe between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries.

    1 Introduction 2 Public and Legal Rights 3 Nuns 4 Married Women 5 Women in the Nobility 6 Townswomen 7 Women in the Peasantry 8 Witches and the Heretical Movements


    Shulamith Shahar

    `Wide ranging and scholarly.' – Times Higher Education Supplement