The Monuments of Women

Nigel Saul

in English Church Monuments in the Middle Ages

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199215980
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191710001 | DOI:
 The Monuments of Women

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Women are shown on effigial monuments either alone or alongside their husbands. The chapter argues that the monuments of women are no less status-conscious than those of their menfolk, with status being indicated by such motifs as rich clothing and attributes such as necklaces and jewellery. A specifically female identity is difficult to detect, however, because typically the woman's identity was subsumed into the group identity of her family, usually (except in the case of heiresses) her husband's family. Many monuments of women were anyway commissioned by their male spouses, making them more the expressions of male than female taste.

Keywords: husbands; spouses; status-conscious; identity; heiresses

Chapter.  9980 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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