Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London / Edition 1

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Overview

'What else is woman but a foe to friendship ... a domestic danger.' These words, taken from a biblical commentary by St John Chrysostom, are frequently quoted in early modern literature, showing that sexual morality was central to the patriarchal society of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. In this fascinating and original book, Laura Gowing considers what gender difference meant in the practice of daily life, examining the working of gender relations in sex, courtship, marriage conflict, and verbal disputes.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198207634
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/28/1999
  • Series: Oxford Studies in Social History Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 5.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Hertfordshire
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Conventions and Abbreviations
1 Gender, Household, and City 1
2 Women in Court 30
3 The Language of Insult 59
4 Words, Honour, and Reputation 111
5 The Economy of Courtship 139
6 Domestic Disorders: Adultery and Violence 180
7 Narratives of Litigation 232
8 Conclusion 263
Bibliography 277
Index 295
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