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Property of the King Life of Medieval Women in Beowulf and Lanval History has been recorded throughout time in stories books poems and other literary works These writings give historians and readers of the present day valuable insights into the lifestyles beliefs society economics politics and pagan religion of the time period they originate Authors are greatly influenced by the beliefs and attitudes of their own society and time The works they write provide a window to the past that allows us to peak through and see what life was like for the people of that particular history Middle Age literary works show the reader of the present who the people were what was important to them and how they lived In a culture with limited literacy and few surviving texts works such as Beowulf and Lanval are extremely important factors in establishing these important historical aspects The one thing that is apparent is the dominance of the purely patriarchal society The heroic code courage in battle braveryloyalty to tribes and kings place in social order religion and chivalrous courtly love were what this society was primarily based on The practices and beliefs that were the stronghold of Medieval society included men and excluded women In this predominantly male world one is compelled to ask the question Where do women fit into this patriarchal Middle Age world What are their roles What are they valued for as women Beowulf and Lanval paint a clear picture of women in the Middle Ages Both of these stories tell of a male world where women are valued as the property of their husbands The women of Beowulf and Lanval are trapped in a life of duty There role is that of child bearer wife hostess and ornamental beauty They are bound to their husbands valued as peace weavers admired for their physical beauty and have no power except the small influence they may have
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