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Women, dowries and agency: Marriage in fifteenth-century Valencia

Dana Wessell Lightfoot


This book examines labouring-status women in late medieval Valencia as they negotiated the fundamentally defining experience of their lives: marriage. Through the use of notarial records and civil court cases, it argues that the socio-economic and immigrant status of these women greatly enhanced their ability to exercise agency not only in choosing a spouse and gathering dotal assets, but also in controlling this property after they wed. Although the prevailing legal code in Valencia appeared to give wives little authority over these assets, court records demonstrate they were still able to ne ... More

Keywords: Marriage, Valencia, Migration, Dowries, lower status women, medieval law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780719089466
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719089466.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dana Wessell Lightfoot, author