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Noblewomen: The First Ladies

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    The role and position of noblewomen in later medieval Europe is a subject about which comparatively little has been written. The noblewomen, particularly those
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      The role and position of noblewomen in later medieval Europe is a
      subject about which comparatively little has been written. The
      noblewomen, particularly those of the higher nobility, usually found
      themselves in a situation where it was taken for granted they would
      marry and strengthen the position of the family by forming a union
      with a man of similar (or better) standing. Then, as now, the
      importance of the continuation of the family line was a constant
      concern. For gentlemen who were "upwardly mobile" the marriage to a
      noblewoman of high standing could be the means of getting estates and
      allies.
      It was not unusual to find noblewomen holding and inheriting land and
      estates. She could have inherited them from her father, brother or a
      deceased husband, and in many regions this was fully accepted. The
      male line in a noble family could become extinct for a number of
      reasons: the sons could die on the battlefield, they could die of one
      of many diseases, some would go into the Church and be celibate, etc.
      So in many cases the continuation of the entire family depended on
      the succession through the female line, which (certainly in the case
      of absence of male heirs) was usually accepted....

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