The Wealth of Wives Women, Law, and Economy in Late Medieval London

Author(s): 
Hanawalt, Barbara A.
ISBN: 
9780195311754
Date published: 
August 2007
Hardback
Price: 
£45.00

An overlooked source of liquid capital for the growth of London's late medieval economy, this book argues, was the wealth that women accumulated through inheritance, dowry, and dower. Wealth recirculated among merchants and tradesmen through the marriage of their daughters and widows. Women's roles in trades in wage and labour did not contribute as much to London's economy as wealth passed through marriage.