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Title: A study of expectations : women in the Burgh of Aberdeen in the later Middle Ages
Author: Krossa, S. L.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2005
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Limited historical research has been done on women in medieval Scotland. In part this had been due to the expectations of Scottish historians regarding both women’s role in the past and women’s presence in the historical record, and the acceptance of Scottish historians of women as a subject of historical inquiry. This thesis, through examining the role of women in Aberdeen in the later middle ages, and exploring the expectations and acceptance of women’s roles as practiced by late medieval Aberdonian society, encourages other historians to re-evaluate these expectations. Fundamental to this study is a record-based methodology employing computer technology. This permitted quantitative as well as qualitative analysis of women’s identification, activities and involvements. Understanding women’s role in marriage is essential to understanding women’s roles in urban and wider Scottish society. Significantly, it was the theory of marriage and not, it seems, attitudes towards women in general that joined wives to husbands as junior partners. Women were active and vital participants in the economic and community life of the burgh. Examining women’s roles requires rethinking the basic economic functioning of the burgh, looking beyond the “burgesses and craftsmen” language of the records – which superficially appears to be describing independent individuals functioning within craft and guild institutions – to reveal a more comprehensive model where households emerge as the fundamental economic unit. Generally, while burgh society seemed to have expected participants of certain activities to be men, and expected participants of certain other activities to be women, they nonetheless accepted the participation of women in some “men’s activities” and men in “women’s activities”.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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