The Account Keeping Work of Women in England 1200-1500

Frances Miley, Andrew Read

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    Abstract

    The work of women in accounting in England from 1200 to 1500 has not been fully recognised. There are many reasons for this lack of recognition including unsupported assumptions about male contributions to accounting that have been made by some writers of accounting history and the cultural and social features that have defined women’s lives in the past. By examining new sources, a new and more inclusive history can be written. This paper uses sources on the education of girls, bequests, and accounting in convents to explore the role of women in account keeping. This research shows that women may have been the main keepers of accounts and were certainly central to account keeping work in estates and large households. The writings of Christine de Pisan in the fifteenth century provide evidence of the type of account keeping work done by women and its religious and practical significance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication11th World Congress of Accounting Historians
    EditorsYannick Lemarchand
    PublisherWorld Congress of Accounting Historians
    Pages1-13
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event11th World Congress of Accounting Historians - Nantes, France
    Duration: 1 Jul 2006 → …

    Publication series

    NameAccounting Historians Journal
    PublisherAcademy of Accounting Historians
    ISSN (Electronic)2327-4468

    Conference

    Conference11th World Congress of Accounting Historians
    CountryFrance
    CityNantes
    Period1/07/06 → …

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    Miley, F., & Read, A. (2006). The Account Keeping Work of Women in England 1200-1500. In Y. Lemarchand (Ed.), 11th World Congress of Accounting Historians (pp. 1-13). (Accounting Historians Journal). World Congress of Accounting Historians.