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Anglo-Irish and Gaelic Women in Ireland, C.1277-1534 Hardcover – 17 Nov 2006

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Four Courts Press Ltd (17 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851829849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851829842
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,069,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gillian Kenny provides a coherent picture of the lives of women in medieval Ireland through an examination of their marital circumstances. By comparing and contrasting the differing lives of Anglo-Irish and Gaelic singlewomen, wives, widows and nuns of late medieval Ireland, the author tries to identify how their functions and roles in society were affected by the differing rights enjoyed and by the restrictions imposed by their different societies. The book is constructed to reflect thematically the standard marital progression of women in medieval Ireland (both Gaelic and Anglo-Irish) from singlewomen to wives to widows. The machinery of church and state dominated and controlled how women conducted their lives. Within these structures, however, women were able, to differing extents, to transmit and receive land and movables, to work for a living as tradeswomen, craftswomen or merchants, or to devote themselves to the spiritual life as singlewomen, wives or widows.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stonehenge Man on 17 July 2014
Format: Hardcover
This is *the* quintessential book in it's field and an absolute 'must' for any serious scholarly historian. In other words, it's not the sort of book that Dan Snow would buy or read. It's great. Bit short on picture and whatnot but excellent nonetheless.

Go on - buy it.
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