Women in Early Modern England 1550-1720

Women in Early Modern England 1550-1720

by Sara Mendelson, Patricia Crawford
     
 

This is an original, accessible, and comprehensive survey of life as it was experienced by most Englishwomen during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The authors examine virtually all aspects of women's lives: female life-stages from birth to death; the separate culture of women, including female friendship and feminist consciousness; the diverse roles

Overview

This is an original, accessible, and comprehensive survey of life as it was experienced by most Englishwomen during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The authors examine virtually all aspects of women's lives: female life-stages from birth to death; the separate culture of women, including female friendship and feminist consciousness; the diverse roles of women in the religious and political movements of the day; and the effect of prevailing perceptions of gender differences. Comparisons are made between the makeshift economy of poor women and the occupational identities, and preoccupations, of the middling and elite classes. This fascinating and well-illustrated book reconstructs the mental and material world of Tudor and Stuart women, and is sure to become the standard text on the subject.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Scholars interested in early modern women in England have finally gotten their long-awaited history reference book....Crawford and Mendelson's look at women's work is illuminating because it allows us to see, in very specific ways, how women always had to work....The work these women have done is both impressive and useful and, from what I have heard from other scholars, very much appreciated."—Sixteenth Century Journal

"The first truly exhaustive study of women in England between about 1550 and 1725....The authors have created a readable, engaging, and useful text that will appeal to the educated general reader as much as it will to advanced undergraduates....Should be on every college library's purchase list."—Choice

"Each chapter provides an exceedingly well written, intelligent, and nuanced analysis of the Englishwoman's world....the sheer breadth and sensitivity of the subject matter make this book an invaluable source....it is surely essential reading for all graduates and faculty studying either English history or early modern women's history."—History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198201243
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/28/1998
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile:
1600L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

Sara H. Mendelson is Assistant Professor of the Arts and Science Program at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. Patricia Crawford works in the History Department at the University of Western Australia.

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