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Women in the Middle Ages, as women do today, formed their identities in myriad ways. estates. This book offers a different, two-fold approach: urban daughters. Through the particular avenue of inheritance, a consideration of daughterhood in London will afford a wider landscape in which to view the opportunities presented to some women in the late Middle Ages. Most daughters in medieval England did marry and become wives. Marriage was expected for most women and men, although perhaps as much as 15% of the population never married in northern Europe. Scholars have used wills for some time as entry points to understanding women's lives and the lives of many others. This chapter explores the extent to which the language of the wills describes the world in which these daughters lived and worked.

Keywords:Europe; London wills; medieval England; medieval women; Middle Ages; urban daughters



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