In a message dated 97-06-19 09:12:40 EDT, [log in to unmask] (Lori Goldman)
<< 've been lurking for a bit but have two questions and hope someone can
me out. For something I'm writing, I want to try and make sure I have
accurate information so here goes and apologies if this is not entirely
keeping with list subject matter...
1. What were the social attitudes regarding pregnant and unwed women at the
time of the early 14th century? How would they have earned a living if they
had no one to live with/support them? >>
I cant cite any scholarly work regarding this answer other than the
wisdom of my great grandmother but she related how it was custom for the
of unwed girls to try and arrange a marriage with older available bachelors.
single and sometimes past the age of desirability they would often marry the
providing a father for the child as well as means of support since they also
as a result
of their bachelorhood might be quite well off. In return they would gain all
benefits of wedded bliss without some of the hassles and additionally gain an
which though not of their blood would at least have benefit of their name..
This may or may not have been a practice of the 14th century but it was of
the latter 19th and Im
sure it was not a new idea at that time. At their proximity to old age the
deal was often too good to pass up.