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Macmillan Higher Education

Women in Early Modern Britain, 1450-1640

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Palgrave

Pages: 206
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Social History in Perspective

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Paperback - 9780333633595

17 January 2004

$39.99

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Hardcover - 9780333633588

17 January 2004

$109.00

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Although in its infancy, the history of women in Wales and Scotland before and during the Reformation is now thriving. A longer tradition of historical studies has shed light on many areas of women's experience in England....

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Although in its infancy, the history of women in Wales and Scotland before and during the Reformation is now thriving. A longer tradition of historical studies has shed light on many areas of women's experience in England. Drawing on this historiography, Christine Peters examines the significance of contrasting social, economic and religious conditions in shaping the lives of women in Britain.
Gender assumptions were broadly similar in England, Wales and Scotland, but female experience varied widely. Women in Early Modern Britain, 1450-1640 explores how this was influenced by various factors, including changes in clanship and inheritance, the employment of single women, the punishment of pregnant brides and scolds, the introduction of Protestantism, and the fusion of fairy beliefs with ideas of demonological witchcraft.
Peters' text is the first comparative survey and analysis of the diversity of women's lives in Britain during the early modern period.

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The only book currently available to provide a synthesis of the history of women in England, Wales and Scotland during the early modern era
Draws on past and present research to examine the ways in which women's lives were affected by social, economic and religious conditions

Introduction.- Marriage, Kinship and Inheritance.- Work and the Household Economy.- Disorderly Women.- Witchcraft, the Devil and the Elfin Queen.- Female Piety and Religious Change.- Further Reading.- Glossary.- Index.
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CHRISTINE PETERS is Lecturer in History at Queen's College, Oxford. Her research interests lie in the comparative study of women, gender and religion.

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CHRISTINE PETERS is Lecturer in History at Queen's College, Oxford. Her research interests lie in the comparative study of women, gender and religion.

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