[LMB] OT: Social structures, was Build your own Emperor
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Sun Sep 24 17:50:00 BST 2017
On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 2:20 PM, Eric Oppen <ravenclaweric at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 3:28 PM, Marc Wilson <marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk>
> > >Or polyandry, where a woman has two or more husbands (at the same time).
> > Was the system in some rural societies, where all the sons married the
> > woman. It meant that they stayed and worked on the family farm, all sons
> > had a share. Paternity of children didn't need to be identified, the
> > brothers shared paternity of the children. It kept adult males working on
> > the farm without having to split the land between many sons and cousins
> in the next generation.
> Something of the sort was practiced _de facto_ in Venice at some times. A
> woman would marry the eldest of several brothers, and end up being shared
> among them all. This was because marriage was expensive and not all noble
> families could afford brides for all their sons.
I wonder what the women thought of htis. And how much of the women's
writing*, vs men's writing, is available.
*Ghost of Christine de Pizan wailing that of course women are written as
the source of all evil, look who is writing all the books.
Currently reading A distant mirror; the calamitous 14th century, very
interesting, and C de P mentioned a few times.
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