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English Aristocratic Women, 1450-1550


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Introduction ; 1. Structures of Patriarchy ; 2. Daughters: Wives in the Making ; 3. The Arrangment of Marriage ; 4. Wives: Parnership and Patriarchy ; 5. Single Women and Compulsory Marriage ; 6. Motherhood: Bearing and Promoting the Next Generation ; 7. Widows: Women of Property and Custodians of the Family's Future ; 8. Beyond the Household: Family and Friends, Patronage and Power ; 9. Their Brilliant Careers: Aristocratic Women at the Yorkist and Early Tudor Court ; Conclusion ; Glossary ; Abbreviations ; Bibliography

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Barbara J. Harris is Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her previous works include Edward Stafford, Third Duke of Buckingham, 1478-1521


... a richly informative work full of interesting details and telling insights. Social History Society Bulletin In its extraordinary archival grounding as well as its lucid exposition of the characteristics of this intersection of rank and gender, this book is indispensable reading for social historians of all stripes. Choice This important study paints both an unusually broad and an unusually specific portrait of the opportunities for power and liabilities to subordination specific to elite women in 15th- and 16th-century England. Choice

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