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Title: Fourth Estate: A History of Women in the Middle Ages
Author: Shahar, Shulamith
Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2003
Paperback; ISBN: 9780415308519
Volumes: 1; Pages: 384
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Did women really constitute a 'fourth estate' in medieval society and, if so, in what sense? In this wide-ranging study Shulamith Shahar considers this and the whole question of varying attitudes to women and their status in Western Europe between the twelfth and the fifteenth centuries. She draws a cohesive picture of women in a range of situations: nuns and married women, peasants and noblewomen, townswomen and women involved in heretical movements and witchcraft.