(7) At her husband's death,
Medieval society was highly patriarchal, in which the male was the central figure of authority over women, children, and property. Because of this, the property and titles were also passed on from male to male. Wives could not even decide what happened to the property that their husbands owned, instead, they would have to wait for the deaths of their husbands for whatever their portion of the inheritance is to fall into their hands.
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