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A History of the GirlGirls at Work in the Middle Ages

A History of the Girl: Girls at Work in the Middle Ages [In recent decades, historians have documented the varied forms of work that women undertook in medieval society, either on behalf of their households or independently as single women. Women worked alongside men in family workshops in towns and cities. A key question is: how and when did these women learn their craft? Was it as girls in family workshops? As historians of the Middle Ages have begun to identify adolescence as a definable stage in the transition from girlhood to womanhood, so too have they discerned the contribution of girls to the world of medieval work. Based on written and visual sources, this chapter surveys the evidence for women’s labour with a particular focus on artistic work, such as embroidery, decorative crafts, and painting.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A History of the GirlGirls at Work in the Middle Ages

Editors: O'Dowd, Mary; Purvis, June
A History of the Girl — Apr 11, 2018

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
ISBN
978-3-319-69277-7
Pages
13 –31
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69278-4_2
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Abstract

[In recent decades, historians have documented the varied forms of work that women undertook in medieval society, either on behalf of their households or independently as single women. Women worked alongside men in family workshops in towns and cities. A key question is: how and when did these women learn their craft? Was it as girls in family workshops? As historians of the Middle Ages have begun to identify adolescence as a definable stage in the transition from girlhood to womanhood, so too have they discerned the contribution of girls to the world of medieval work. Based on written and visual sources, this chapter surveys the evidence for women’s labour with a particular focus on artistic work, such as embroidery, decorative crafts, and painting.]

Published: Apr 11, 2018

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