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The Adviser to Princes

in Machiavelli

October 2000; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Political Theory. 10418 words.

‘The Adviser to Princes’ considers The Prince, written by Machiavelli in order to recommend himself to the new Medici rulers of Florence. The book is concerned with gaining and holding...

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Aristocratic Economies

Joanna Drell.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

August 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Gender and Sexuality. 8042 words.

This essay examines the economic activities and "work" of aristocratic women, c.1000–c.1400. Despite the limitations posed by law, custom, and social expectation, women played a central...

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barter Economy

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Economic History.

An economy in which goods are directly exchanged for other goods without the use of a medium of exchange.

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Board Games

Overview page. Subjects: African Studies — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

History of board games in Africa.

Africa is associated with two groups of board games, mancala and draughts. Chess is the first board game on record that has been connected ...

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The Bride of Christ, the “Male Woman,” and the Female Reader in Late Antiquity

Kate Cooper.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

August 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Gender and Sexuality; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500). 8229 words.

Christian literature in late antiquity offered contrasting models of female sanctity, emphasizing alternately the gender ambiguity of the young woman dressed as a man, and the nuptial...

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Brideprice, Dowry, and other Marital Assigns

Susan Mosher Stuard.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

August 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Gender and Sexuality; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500). 7880 words.

Between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, morgengabe, a husband's gift to his wife marking the formal consummation of marriage, was replaced in Italian, southern French, and Spanish...

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The Byzantine Body

Kathryn Ringrose.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

August 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Gender and Sexuality; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500). 8442 words.

The Byzantines perceived the body as malleable, able to be changed to suit the needs of society. They also believed that the appearance of the outer body reflected the quality of the inner...

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Caring for Gendered Bodies

Monica Green.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

August 2013; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Gender and Sexuality; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500). 8324 words.

Given the comparatively slow pace of human evolution, the body, as a biological entity, may be taken more or less as a historical constant during the past 1500 years. But every interaction...

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Carolingian Domesticities

Rachel Stone.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

August 2013; p ublished online January 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Gender and Sexuality; Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500). 8282 words.

Carolingian ideas of "home" and "family" encompassed a wide range of meanings from physical buildings to kin and free and unfree dependents. Kinship ties played a vital role, both socially...

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Conflicts Over Gender in Civic Courts

Carol Lansing.

in The Oxford Handbook of Women and Gender in Medieval Europe

August 2013; p ublished online December 2012 .

Article. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500); Gender and Sexuality. 8109 words.

Civic court records are a rare source for medieval social experience and attitudes, including low-status people who do not appear in most records. Because the requirements for proof in...

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