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Different roles of women in the middle ages

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Zayar Phyo 12th September 2004 World History (A) Different roles of women in the middle ages The middle age which is also known as medieval times was a period in history that lasted from the fifth to fifteenth century. The economy in this time depended on the manorial system which was based on farming. During this period of time, women played many important roles. There were mainly two different types and classes of women and one of them was peasant or serf and the other one was noble women. And also there was one more type of women which was nun. Apparently of course there were more serf women than noble women. This essay will mainly illustrate the roles of women in middle ages and marriages in this period. All classes of women in middle ages had to go through hard life. ...read more.


They knew how to read and write and often they were better educated than their noble husbands. For noble and rich women, they could have own land and hold offices. They also had to do house works and take care of their families as serf women did. Besides that they had to run the land and supervised the training of young girls living in the castles when their husbands or lords were gone for battle or absent. They had to know how to cook, weave and spin at least. Some noble women even knew about the medicine since there were not much doctors in this period of time. All the women in the manor including noble women sometimes had to take part in military like defending their manor against enemies and moreover they sometimes also were included in the battlefields. During medieval ages women are not equally treated as men. ...read more.


Some people thought that unmarried daughters were a burden to their family. So they were often sent to become nuns or forced them married early. But there were also women who stayed single. They usually became single if there were not married yet when they were over twenty. As these above statements shown, women in medieval time didn't have an easy life although some had more harsh life than others. But it is bad that they were treated unequally compare to men. It is a lot better nowadays that women get more opportunities than in medieval ages. And the marriage system during medieval times was terrible that the gap between husbands and wives ages could be so different and most of women were forced to married. Fortunately the world that I am living in at present is a lot better for girls and women compare to medieval period. Word count - 792 Bibliographies 1. World history test book 2. Microsoft Encarta 2003 3. www.yale.edu 4. www.bcpl.net 5. www.questia.com 6. library.thinkquest.org ...read more.

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