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Medieval Women in Court- Eleanor de Merton

While this isn't an exclusively female issue and it certainly can be found rearing its ugly head across all genders, it's an issue that many modern women today are aware of, either through media or in a very confronting and personal way.

He's a celebrity. He's a devoted husband. He's famous. He's a good guy.  

Only he's not, really. 

In the medieval world, where it was a bold move for a woman to face a jury against an offender in the first place, verdicts like this one must have made it harder and harder for women with grievances of a sexual nature to come forward.  

This isn't true of all court cases against medieval women, but it certainly was the outcome for Eleanor de Merton from London in the 14th century.  

The most unfair and heartbreaking of all, is that no one denied that the events had happened. He was guilty. He just got let off because he'd been incredibly brave in battle and was highly thought of. 

In this case, justice wasn't so much blind, as looking the other way for a bit.  

We know almost nothing about this women, Eleanor, or the circumstances of her situation, but what we do know is that she was brave and she tried  to stand up for herself when she would have known her chances of success were slim.  

Eleanor de Merton. She stood up and tried anyway.

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