Inheritance, marriage, widowhood and remarriage: a comparative perspective on women and landholding in north-east Norfolk, 1440–1580

@article{Whittle1998InheritanceMW,
  title={Inheritance, marriage, widowhood and remarriage: a comparative perspective on women and landholding in north-east Norfolk, 1440–1580},
  author={J. Whittle},
  journal={Continuity and Change},
  year={1998},
  volume={13},
  pages={33-72}
}
  • J. Whittle
  • Published 1998
  • History
  • Continuity and Change
In medieval and early modern England, men's and women's rights to land were not equal. Sons were preferred over daughters in the inheritance of land. Marriage removed rights of property ownership from women and placed them in the hands of their husbands. Yet land stood at the heart of the economy and society in rural England in a period when agriculture was the main employer and land the main source of wealth, social status and political power. Ordinary women's inferior rights to land were a… Expand
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