chapter  7
18 Pages

Measuring the margins

Women, slavery, and the notarial process in late fourteenth-century Mallorca
WithKevin Mummey

This chapter examines women slaveholders and evidence of their activity found in notarial protocols from late medieval Mallorca. It discusses how record keeping often obscured women’s commercial activities, reflecting cultural biases that perceived and portrayed them as economically marginal. By analyzing the information found in the component parts of notarial documents, the chapter reveals the importance of women in slave markets and the networks they formed. The discussion reveals the ways in which women were central to day-to-day economic activities in Mallorca.