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Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Amy M. Froide

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270606
eISBN:
9780191710216
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This book presents original research on women who never married in early modern England. It reintroduces us to the category of marital status and to the significant ways it shaped the life ... More


Introduction

Amy M. Froide

in Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270606
eISBN:
9780191710216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This introductory chapter asks and answers the question: why study singlewomen from the past? The aim of this book, it states, is to reintroduce marital status as a category of difference, and look ... More


Marital Status as a Category of Difference: Singlewomen and Widows

Amy M. Froide

in Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270606
eISBN:
9780191710216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines how marital status differentiated the lives of women in early modern England. It posits a clear distinction between the experiences of ever-married women (e.g., wives and ... More


Single But Not Alone: The Family History of Never-Married Women

Amy M. Froide

in Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270606
eISBN:
9780191710216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter re-examines the early modern family through the prism of the singlewoman. Rather than lonely, bereft individuals, singlewomen appear (especially in their wills and letters) to have ... More


Women of Independent Means: The Civic Significance of Never-Married Women

Amy M. Froide

in Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270606
eISBN:
9780191710216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines the inheritance and wealth of urban singlewomen. It looks at the role never-married women played as property holders, rentiers, tax and rate payers, and money lenders. It argues ... More


Spinsters, Superannuated Virgins, and Old Maids: Representations of Singlewomen

Amy M. Froide

in Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270606
eISBN:
9780191710216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter traces the emergence of the negative stereotypes of the spinster and the old maid. Examining various genres of literature from the Middle Ages to the 18th century, it focuses on three ... More


The Question of Choice: How Never-Married Women Represented Singleness

Amy M. Froide

in Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270606
eISBN:
9780191710216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines the writings of singlewomen themselves and what they tell us about early modern women's views of singleness. Looking at letters, journals, memoirs, and autobiographical poems, ... More


‘For her interest’: women in debt litigation

Cathryn Spence

in Women, Credit, and Debt In Early Modern Scotland

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781784992538
eISBN:
9781526104182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9781784992538.003.0002
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter provides the quantitative overview of women's involvement in debt litigation that underpins the rest of the book. Drawing on more than 55,000 individual pieces of debt litigation, the ... More


Delay

Rachel Chrastil

in How to Be Childless: A History and Philosophy of Life Without Children

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
August 2019
ISBN:
9780190918620
eISBN:
9780190066765
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190918620.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

Since the early modern period, women have postponed marriage and therefore, in many cases, remained childless. By putting off marriage and childrearing for a decade or longer, women could achieve ... More


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