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Opera muliebria : women and work in medieval Europe / David Herlihy.

By: Herlihy, David.
Material type: TextTextSeries: New perspectives on European history: Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, ©1990Description: xiv, 210 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0075577445; 9780075577447.Subject(s): Women -- Employment -- Europe -- History | Women -- Europe -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 | Women -- Employment | Women -- Middle Ages | Europe | Vrouwenarbeid | Weibliche Arbeitskräfte | Europa | Wirtschaftsgeschichte | 0500-1500 | 500-1500 | Women Employment History | EuropeGenre/Form: History.DDC classification: 331.4/094/0902 Other classification: 15.70
Contents:
The Ancient Mediterranean World -- The Early Middle Ages (ca. 500-800) -- Countryside, Court, and Convent -- Spinners, Weavers, Dyers -- Doctors, Lawyers, Preachers -- Paris, 1292-1313 -- Late Medieval Society (ca. 1350-1500): The Policies of Exclusion -- Conclusion: Toward the Modern World.
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HD6134 .H47 1990 (Browse shelf) Available 0000002329662

Includes bibliographical references.

The Ancient Mediterranean World -- The Early Middle Ages (ca. 500-800) -- Countryside, Court, and Convent -- Spinners, Weavers, Dyers -- Doctors, Lawyers, Preachers -- Paris, 1292-1313 -- Late Medieval Society (ca. 1350-1500): The Policies of Exclusion -- Conclusion: Toward the Modern World.

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Herlihy's contributions to medieval social history, especially to the history of women and the family, are substantial. In this book, Herlihy surveys the relationship of women to work from ancient times to 1500. Using a variety of sources, including tax rolls, guild statutes, and literary texts, Herlihy argues that women contributed significantly to the economic life throughout the early and central Middle Ages but increasingly were confined to domestic labor toward the end of the medieval period. His primary gauge is the role women played in the woolen industry, which, he argues, remained central up to the 13th century. Although some have ascribed the restriction of women's economic role to the politicization of production or to the growing patriarchal character of society, Herlihy supports the view that the guilds restricted women's access to urban productive life. He provides evidence, notably statistical data from 13th-century Paris, that the domesticization of women began later than some historians have suggested and earlier than others have claimed. Accessible to the general reader, the book is a valuable pedagogical tool in undergraduate classrooms. -J. Harrie, California State University, Bakersfield

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