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Hist Oct 1 - History of Great Britain Class Notes Social History of Medieval England Patriarchy Gender and the Household 10:36:00 Patriarchy a

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History of Great Britain – Class Notes 01/10/2007 09:36:00 Social History of Medieval England Patriarchy, Gender and the Household     Patriarchy :  a system of male supremacy that structured social existence for  both men  and women  Social Order: - Each household has its own patriarchy Marriage :   1)  A contractual commitment to merge the property and hereditary succession  rights from two individuals of different families Although incest was illegal, it was common for aristocrats to marry their  cousins to keep wealth in the family Often used as a way to secure family lineage 2)  A moral and sexual commitment between a man and a woman to support  each other - Primarily a demonstration of social status The ability to provide for a family - Rising marriage rates demonstrate increase in number of men with stable  incomes - More common in rural areas than cities Apprentices could not marry until done their apprentiship Saved up enough money to support a family
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course HIST 204 taught by Professor Cowan during the Fall '07 term at McGill.

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Hist Oct 1 - History of Great Britain Class Notes Social History of Medieval England Patriarchy Gender and the Household 10:36:00 Patriarchy a

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