Women in Early Modern England 1550-1720

ISBN-10: 019820812X
ISBN-13: 9780198208129
Edition: 1998
List price: $58.00
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Description: What was life like for women who lived in Tudor and Stuart England? This fascinating book provides a colourful and comprehensive account of the daily experiences of these women, using first-hand sources such as diaries, letters, and household  More...

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Book details

List price: $58.00
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/24/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

What was life like for women who lived in Tudor and Stuart England? This fascinating book provides a colourful and comprehensive account of the daily experiences of these women, using first-hand sources such as diaries, letters, and household accounts. The authors investigate the varying expectations and opportunities that existed at different stages of women's lives; and examine a range of different themes: the role of female friendships and networks of support or censure; the ways in which women were affected by prevailing gender stereotypes; the diverse roles of women in the religious and political movements of the times. The book focuses on the preoccupations of ordinary women, comparing the hand-to-mouth existence of the poorest with the ambitions and activities of those from wealthier backgrounds. These views on the world - the outlook of that half of the population usually hidden from the historical record - provide a valuable new perspective on the history of sixteenth- and seventeenth-centu

Preface, acknowledgements, abbreviations, glossary, list of illustrations
Introduction
Contexts:- Medical theories
Religious teachings
The law and its administration
Citizenship
Popular notions
Stereotypes
Misogyny and patriarchy.
Life Stages:- Childhood and Adolescence: Early 7years
Service
Courtship.
Adult Life:- Marriage
Maternity
Single women
Widowhood
Old age
Death.
Female Culture:- Space
Speech
Material culture
The practice of piety
Female friendship
Passionate friends and lesbian relationships
Female consciousness and feminism.
The Makeshift Economy of Poor Women:- Work and gender
Poverty
Making a living
The indigent and destitute.
Occupational Identities and Social Roles:- Running a household
Professional and skilled work: medical, educational, and cultural
Crafts, trades, and multiple occupations
Royal, civic, and institutional employment
Public housewifery.
Politics:- Female monarchs
Aristocratic women: Queens consort and courtiers
Popular politics before 1640
Women and revolution, 1640-1660
Women in political movements, 1660-1720.
Conclusion
Epilogue
Select Bibliography

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