Writing a story set in Britain in the 19th century that hinges upon one of the characters not legally being allowed to inherit property because she is a woman.
--What were the legal limitations on this? Could women not inherit anything, or was it just land or major assets?
--When was this ruling overturned?
--If someone specified that they were leaving property to a woman in their will, would that necessarily supercede the inheritance law?
I've mostly used Google for "nineteenth century" and "British inheritance law" and "women" and combinations of those, but the only things I've found so far are not very technical or helpful.
Setting: rural, feudal English village in the 1200s
What might medieval English peasants eat in the morning to "break fast"? I'd like to be able to say something other than just bread, to give my story a bit of colour. The story is set in high summer and they've had a prosperous year. The characters in the breakfast scene are two sisters, aged eleven and six. They have been left on their own for the morning, with the older sister watching over the younger one, since she took a fall into thorn bushes the day before and hurt herself badly enough to leave lasting scars. Their mother is a capable healer, so I don't know if she would "prescribe" certain food for the younger sister, to aid in her recovery?
I've Googled "medieval diet," "peasant diet," "peasant food," "medieval food" and pored over a number of my books on medieval life, but all they seem to say is that peasants ate nothing but bread, bread and more bread. I'm about ready to admit defeat and just have the older sister hand the younger one a crust of bread.
ETA: Thanks so much to everyone who commented. I have a lot to think over and revise now, which is excellent!