‘Living as a Single Person’: marital status, performance and the law in late medieval England

  title={‘Living as a Single Person’: marital status, performance and the law in late medieval England},
  author={Cordelia Beattie},
  journal={Women's History Review},
  pages={327 - 340}
  • C. Beattie
  • Published 18 March 2008
  • Sociology
  • Women's History Review
This article contributes to the debate about how we define the single woman by thinking about what makes someone ‘married’ as opposed to ‘not married’. It argues that understanding what marriage meant in a particular society can shed light on what it meant to live as a single person in that society, in this case, the society of fourteenth and fifteenth century England. It also argues that ‘the margins of marriage’, the grey areas produced by definitions of marriage, are also at the margins of… 
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