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A Remarrying Widow: Law and Legal Records in Late Medieval London

A Remarrying Widow: Law and Legal Records in Late Medieval London


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A Remarrying Widow: Law and Legal Records in Late Medieval London

By Shannon McSheffrey

Worth and Repute: Valuing Gender in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honour of Barbara Todd, edited by Kim Kippen and Lori Woods (Toronto, 2011)

Introduction: The following document, dated January 1487, or, in modern reckoning, January 1488, was pasted onto the flyleaf of a psalter (a book of psalms) now in the British Library:

In the year of our Lord 1487, the first day of the month of January, the banns were solemnized and published betwixt Agnes Skern, late widow of the parish of Kingston of the one party, and Piers Curtes, the king’s wardrober of London, of the parish of St. Andrew’s Baynard Castle in London to the one other party. Item, the second bann was made done and published within the said church the sixth day ensuing. Item, the third bann was published within the said church the thirteenth day of the said month of January….


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