Women, dowries, and patrimonial law in old regime Romania (c. 1750-1830)
Jianu, Angela. (2009) Women, dowries, and patrimonial law in old regime Romania (c. 1750-1830). Journal of Family History, Vol.34 (No.2). pp. 189-205. ISSN 0363-1990Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0363199008330732
This study explores the legal aspects of dowry provision in the Romanian Principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia in the period 1750-1830. Drawing on the period's law codes, dowry papers, testaments, and court records, it highlights the legal and emotional difficulties created by the affective/patrimonial nexus within couples, families, and stepfamilies in a society where divorce and up to three remarriages were allowed by both church and state. A growing body of research into the history of the Romanian family is suggesting that the prescriptions governing dowry provision in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries and the consequent exclusion of dowered girls from the family inheritance led to increased cohesion within the nuclear family and to the legal empowerment of women, while providing economic security to divorced women, widows, and children.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
D History General and Old World
H Social Sciences
|Divisions:||Other > Centre for Lifelong Learning|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Family History|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications, Inc.|
|Number of Pages:||17|
|Page Range:||pp. 189-205|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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