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Women’s mobility in the Late Medieval low countries: the evidence of diplomatic documents (12th-13th century)

(2010) ITINERARIA (TAVARNUZZE). 8-9. p.227-253
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Itineraria: a research project examining the socio-cultural pluriformity of mobility and contacts in the Low Countries in the Middle Ages, with particular attention to the gender dimension (13th-15th century)
Abstract
This contribution examines the extent to which people, and especially women, moved around, as revealed in diplomatic documents from the Low Countries in the twelfth and the thirteenth centuries. It illustrates both the scope and the limitations of this type of document in the study of norms and practices. Medieval people were permanently on the move. They left their homes for hundreds of reasons, on an errand or a walk in the neighbourhood, on a short journey, or on a long trip far away. The evidence from diplomatic documents reveals no more than many other sources under scrutiny in this volume. However, charters would not seem to be the most obvious source for investigating people’s mobility and travel habits, especially women’s. Apart from those charters that are well dated and located, the general body of evidence is anecdotal and fortuitous, and women were not involved to any great extent in matters that are the subjects of diplomatic documents. In this article we try to explain why the search for evidence of women’s mobility in these diplomatic sources is more productive than one might expect.
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Gender, Women's History, Low Countries, Middle Ages, Diplomatics, Sources, Travel History

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de Hemptinne, Thérèse. 2010. “Women’s Mobility in the Late Medieval Low Countries: The Evidence of Diplomatic Documents (12th-13th Century).” Ed. Stefano Pittaluga. Itineraria (tavarnuzze) 8-9: 227–253.
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de Hemptinne, T. (2010). Women’s mobility in the Late Medieval low countries: the evidence of diplomatic documents (12th-13th century). (S. Pittaluga, Ed.)ITINERARIA (TAVARNUZZE), 8-9, 227–253.
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de Hemptinne T. Women’s mobility in the Late Medieval low countries: the evidence of diplomatic documents (12th-13th century). Pittaluga S, editor. ITINERARIA (TAVARNUZZE). 2010;8-9:227–53.
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de Hemptinne, Thérèse. “Women’s Mobility in the Late Medieval Low Countries: The Evidence of Diplomatic Documents (12th-13th Century).” Ed. Stefano Pittaluga. ITINERARIA (TAVARNUZZE) 8-9 (2010): 227–253. Print.
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  author       = {de Hemptinne, Thérèse},
  editor       = {Pittaluga, Stefano},
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  journal      = {ITINERARIA (TAVARNUZZE)},
  keywords     = {Gender,Women's History,Low Countries,Middle Ages,Diplomatics,Sources,Travel History},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {227--253},
  title        = {Women’s mobility in the Late Medieval low countries: the evidence of diplomatic documents (12th-13th century)},
  volume       = {8-9},
  year         = {2010},
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