Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women's Lives 1540 - 1714

Maids, Wives, Widows: Exploring Early Modern Women's Lives 1540 - 1714

by Dr Sara Read


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473823402
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date: 08/19/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Dr Sara Read is a lecturer in English at Loughborough University. She holds a PhD in early modern literature. Her particular interest is in representations of the female body in literature and she has published widely in this field. Her first book Menstruation and the Female Body in Early Modern England was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013, and she has co-edited a collection of early modern women’s writings on the topic of health and spirituality called Flesh and Spirit: An Anthology of Seventeenth-century Women’s Writing for Manchester University Press, 2014. In addition, Dr Read has published a number of social history articles for Discover Your Ancestors magazine.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vii

Acknowledgements x

A Note on Original Texts xii

Introduction xiv

Part I Women's Work 1

Chapter 1 'Goodwives': Marriage and Housewifery 3

Chapter 2 Women in Business: The Economic Lives of Early Modern Women 15

Chapter 3 Childcare: Raising Children from Infancy to Adulthood 27

Part II Personal Care 39

Chapter 4 Food and Drink 41

Chapter 5 Women and Dress 54

Chapter 6 Personal Hygiene and Beauty 65

Part III Women and Reproduction 75

Chapter 7 Menstruation: The Time of the Month 77

Chapter 8 Pregnancy: Being Big with Child 86

Chapter 9 Giving Birth 96

Chapter 10 Breastfeeding and Hiring a Wet Nurse 107

Part IV Women and Religion 117

Chapter 11 Religion and Worship in Early Modern Women's Lives 119

Chapter 12 Prophetesses and Preachers: Non-conformist Women 130

Part V Women in Public Life 145

Chapter 13 Courts and Criminals 147

Chapter 14 Women and Politics 158

Chapter 15 Literary Women 169

Bibliography 182

Index 189

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