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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Historical Study of Women

England 1500-1700

ISBN 9780333662694
Publication Date December 2010
Formats Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

A richly detailed survey of the history of early-modern women covering the history of ideas, social life, political participation, religious culture and women's writing. Capern treats women's history as inherently political and offers a new interpretative framework for understanding the history of femininity in early-modern England.

AMANDA CAPERN is Lecturer in Women's History at the University of Hull, UK. She works on all aspects of early-modern women's history and her publications include articles on women, land and family and women writers. She co-edits Palgrave Macmillan's Gender and History series.

Introduction: Contextualising Early-Modern Women
Woman: Intellectual Foundations
Querelle des Femmes
Femininity: Prescription, Rhetoric and Context
Law and Private Life
Religion and Civil War
Education and Women's Writing
Conclusion: Femininity Transformed


'Writing a textbook about such a diverse topic as the history of early modern women is no mean feat...Amanda Capern's book is by far the most wide-ranging and will set the debates for much future work in the fields of both historical and literary studies about early-modern women.' - Jackie Eales, Journal of Gender Studies
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