Women in Early Modern England 1550-1720

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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 ...
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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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780198201243
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Pages: 504
  • Lexile: 1600L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Preface, acknowledgements, abbreviations, glossary, list of illustrations
Introduction
1. Contexts:- Medical theories; Religious teachings; The law and its administration; Citizenship; Popular notions; Stereotypes; Misogyny and patriarchy.
2. Life Stages:- Childhood and Adolescence: Early 7years; Service; Courtship.
3. Adult Life:- Marriage; Maternity; Single women; Widowhood; Old age; Death.
4. Female Culture:- Space; Speech; Material culture; The practice of piety; Female friendship; Passionate friends and lesbian relationships; Female consciousness and feminism.
5. The Makeshift Economy of Poor Women:- Work and gender; Poverty; Making a living; The indigent and destitute.
6. 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.
7. 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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