Women's Worlds in England, 1580-1720: A Sourcebook

Women's Worlds in England, 1580-1720: A Sourcebook


Edited by Patricia Crawford, Edited by Laura Gowing


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 162mm x 242mm x 26mm | 380g
  • Publication date: 16 December 1999
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415156386
  • ISBN 13: 9780415156387
  • Illustrations note: 19 b&w photos
  • Sales rank: 946,025

Product description

Womens Worlds in England presents a unique collection of source materials on womens lives in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. The book introduces a wonderfully diverse group of women and a series of voices that have rarely been heard in history, from Deborah Brackley, a poor Devon servant, to Katharine Whitstone, Oliver Cromwells sister, and Queen Anne. Drawing on unpublished, archival materials, Womens Worlds explores the everyday lives of ordinary early modern women, including their: * experiences of work, sex, marriage and motherhood * beliefs and spirituality * political activities * relationships * mental worlds In a time when few women could write, this book reveals the multitude of ways in which their voices and experiences leave traces in the written record, and deepens and challenges our understanding of womens lives in the past.

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"the modernizing of text does make this volume eminently accessible t o students, and with its thoughtful introduction and the suggestions on further reading at the back, this book is a gift to teachers of seventeenth-century history.--Elizabeth Clarke, Nottingham Trent University.""Created by the careful research and attentive teaching of two respected historians, this is a wonderful book."-Judith M. Bennett, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill