Жената в англосаксонското общество (VІ–ІХ в.) [Women in the Anglo-Saxon Society (6th–9th c.)]
Сборник в чест на проф. д-р Симеон Дамянов. Доклади от конференция, посветена на 65-годишнината от рождението на проф. д-р Симеон Дамянов. Велико Търново, 24–26 октомври 1991 г. – В. Търново: УИ „Св. св. Кирил и Методий”, 1992, с. 336-340.
Resting on information from historical sources like the law codes of the kings of Kent Æðelberht (590–616), Hlothhere (674/5–685), and Eadric (685–686), the law code of Ine (688–726), king of Wessex, Venerable Bede’s work Ecclesiastical History of the English People, the author of the present paper studies women’s social and legal status and their position in the family during the Anglo-Saxon period.
In conclusion, it is noted that in a society with preserved lineal traditions as the Anglo-Saxon society is presented in the analyzed historical sources, the social status of a woman depended on the social position of the kin to which she belonged. A woman’s most important social task was childbearing and the bringing up of the offspring and society esteemed, protected and provided for her exactly as a would-be mother. Women did not and could not confront the important social assignment to defend the conquests of their people arms in hand – something typical of the male part of the population. That is why women could not dispose of specific rights ensuing from this obligation, which secured for men more active role in social life. Anglo-Saxon laws are good illustration of such an approach towards women in the early medieval society.
women, Anglo-Saxons, Anglo-Saxon law codes, Venerable Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People.