Royal Bastards

The Birth of Illegitimacy, 800-1230
Author(s): 
McDougall, Sara
ISBN: 
9780198785828
Date published: 
November 2016
Hardback
Price: 
£65.00

The stigmatization as 'bastards' of children born outside of wedlock is commonly thought to have emerged early in Medieval European history, but Sara McDougall demonstrates that until well into the late twelfth century a child's prospects depended more upon the social status and lineage of both parents than of the legitimacy of their marriage.