Women’s standing in this pyramid were determined by the male in her life, whether it be a husband, father, or brother. Yet, no matter what their standing may be, women were not seen in a positive light or valued. It takes an immense amount of imagination to consider what women of England’s Middle Ages had to endure. The women of that time lived every day in the present, acknowledging that their life could at any time be filled with fortunes or disasters. The world in which they lived in consisted of a limited source of technology and poor communications. (Abee, 1) (Ward, 1) (Pattie, 1)
Looking at the country as a whole, women had little or no role. However within towns, the jobs a woman could perform were sufficient in assisting to support her husband. Along with her daily job, a woman had many responsibilities when regarding her family. Women traditionally occupied a lower level than men, no matter what their standing may be in the feudal system. Unlike the working women of modern day, many women during the medieval period were expected to stay at home. The slight escape was that given to nobles who were occasionally taught how to defend themselves and their castles, casting them the slightest bit of freedom and power. This power however could backfire. If women had what would be referred to as “to much power,” they were seen as threats and accused of being witches. (The Role of Women and the Quee...
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