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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Women in Early Modern Britain, 1450-1640

ISBN 9780333633588
Publication Date January 2004
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Social History in Perspective

The history of women in Wales and Scotland is in its infancy compared to England. This book draws on both historiographical traditions to examine the significance of contrasting social, economic and religious conditions in shaping the lives of women in different parts of Britain. Although gender assumptions were broadly similar around Britain, female experience varied. Christine Peters explores 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, all of which contributed to the diversity of women's lives in Britain during the early modern period.

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

Marriage, Kinship and Inheritance
Work and the Household Economy
Disorderly Women
Witchcraft, the Devil and the Elfin Queen
Female Piety and Religious Change
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'[P]rovid[es] readers with a striking picture of the potential for variety in British women's lives. - Continuity and Change
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