Working Women in English Society, 1300-1620by Marjorie Keniston McIntosh
Pub. Date: 05/31/2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Using substantial new evidence to explore the diverse ways that English women participated in the market economy from 1300 to 1620, Marjorie McIntosh challenges traditional views of this "golden age" as well as more recent critiques. She argues that women's engagement in the market economy fluctuated widely under the pressures of demographic, economic, social and cultural change. Thus, although they enjoyed unprecedented opportunities following the plagues of 1348-49, these opportunities had largely eroded by the late sixteenth century.
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Table of ContentsPart I. Women and Their Work: 1. Women's work in its social setting; 2. Studying working women; Part II. Providing Services: 3. Domestic and personal services; 4. Financial services and real estate; Part III. Making and Selling Goods: 5. General features of women's work as producers and sellers; 6. Drink work; 7. The food trades and innkeeping; 8. Women's participation in the skilled crafts; 9. Turning the coin: women as consumers.
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