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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


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


Odd women?: Spinsters, lesbians and widows in British women's fiction, 1850s–1930s

Emma Liggins

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719087561
eISBN:
9781781706855
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087561.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Women outside marriage between 1850 and the Second World War were seen as abnormal, threatening, superfluous and incomplete, whilst also being hailed as ‘women of the future’. Before 1850 odd women ... More


Patterns of Cohesion and Residence

P. J. P. Goldberg

in Women, Work, and Life Cycle in a Medieval Economy: Women in York and Yorkshire c.1300-1520

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201540
eISBN:
9780191674938
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201540.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Medieval History, Economic History

This chapter examines patterns of cohesion and residence. Looking at poll tax returns, it is possible to determine a measure of the mean household size (MHS) for an entire community. Within urban ... More


Single Life

Elisabeth van Houts

in Married Life in the Middle Ages, 900-1300

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
March 2019
ISBN:
9780198798897
eISBN:
9780191839542
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198798897.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Medieval History, Social History

This chapter is devoted to the single life. First it contains a section devoted to the issue of consent: who gives consent for the entry into monastic life, parents or the child? This section is ... More


Sabbatian Women as Religious Activists

Ada Rapoport-Albert

in Women and the Messianic Heresy of Sabbatai Zevi, 1666 - 1816

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9781906764807
eISBN:
9781800343269
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781906764807.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter cites the dawning messianic age, which was characterized by the biblical prophet Joel, who had brought the spirit to rest upon women, which was common to Sabbatianism and a diversity of ... More


Queen Susan

Vicky Albritton and Fredrik Albritton Jonsson

in Green Victorians: The Simple Life in John Ruskin's Lake District

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780226339986
eISBN:
9780226340043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226340043.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The fortunes of the provincial spinster Susanna Beever took an interesting turn late in life when Ruskin moved into Brantwood across the lake from her home, the Thwaite. They became close friends and ... More


Sylvia Townsend Warner’s Liberating Devil

Per Faxneld

in Satanic Feminism: Lucifer as the Liberator of Woman in Nineteenth-Century Culture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190664473
eISBN:
9780190664503
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190664473.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Church History

Chapter11 scrutinizes Sylvia Townsend Warner’s (1893–1978) debut novel Lolly Willowes (1926), which tells the tale of spinster Laura ‘Lolly’ Willowes, who ends up becoming a witch liberated and ... More


Urban Population and Female Labour: The Fortunes of Women Workers in Rheims before the Industrial Revolution

Antoinette Fauve-Chamoux

in Migration, Mobility and Modernization

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238836
eISBN:
9781846313578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846313578.006
Subject:
Political Science, Political Theory

This chapter examines female migrant behaviour in eighteenth-century Rheims. Using the evidence of family reconstitution, tax and census listings, it reconstructs and presents the lives of migrant ... More


Spinster heroines, aunts and widowed mothers, 1910–39

Emma Liggins

in Odd women?: Spinsters, lesbians and widows in British women's fiction, 1850s–1930s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719087561
eISBN:
9781781706855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087561.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The third chapter re-examines the spinster heroine of modernist fiction, focussing particularly on the widowed mother/repressed daughter and aunt/niece paradigms as examples of same-sex alliance and ... More


Professional spinsters, older women and widowed heroines in the 1930s

Emma Liggins

in Odd women?: Spinsters, lesbians and widows in British women's fiction, 1850s–1930s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719087561
eISBN:
9781781706855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087561.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This also considers the crossovers between lesbian and spinster identities but focuses on the 1930s, and incorporates debates around the older woman. It examines female professionalism and tracks ... More


Conclusion

Emma Liggins

in Odd women?: Spinsters, lesbians and widows in British women's fiction, 1850s–1930s

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719087561
eISBN:
9781781706855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719087561.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The conclusion revisits debates about female singleness and argues that new conceptualisations of lesbianism, spinsterhood and widowhood had helped to trouble and ultimately transform social norms by ... More


Internationalism, Empire, and Peace in the Woman Teacher, 1920–39

Joyce Goodman

in Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: The Interwar Period

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781474412537
eISBN:
9781474445054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474412537.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, Women's Literature

The chapter examines the role of the Woman Teacher, organ of the National Union of Women Teachers (NUWT), in creating a public political identity and the Union’s place within the wider national ... More


Playing the Lottery for Marriage and Profit

Amy M. Froide

in Silent Partners: Women as Public Investors during Britain's Financial Revolution, 1690-1750

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198767985
eISBN:
9780191821837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767985.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Economic History

This chapter examines female adventurers in the private and State lotteries of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Lotteries were popular with women from the start and many prize winners were ... More


Unmarried Women Investing for “Retirement”

Amy M. Froide

in Silent Partners: Women as Public Investors during Britain's Financial Revolution, 1690-1750

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780198767985
eISBN:
9780191821837
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767985.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Economic History

This chapter examines how unmarried women utilized the new investment options offered by the Financial Revolution to fund their retirement years and to maintain themselves in old age. Spinsters and ... More


The Sisters’ World

Bernard Capp

in The Ties That Bind: Siblings, Family, and Society in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
August 2018
ISBN:
9780198823384
eISBN:
9780191862090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198823384.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

The chapter’s main focus is the bond of friendship and support, both practical and emotional, among sisters at all levels of society. It is found that it was reflected in help during and after ... More


‘Marriage Completes Half Your Religion, Sister’: Salafi Match-Making

Anabel Inge

in The Making of a Salafi Muslim Woman: Paths to Conversion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190611675
eISBN:
9780190611705
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190611675.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Islam

This is a colourful account of Salafi women’s struggles to find the ideal husband. It describes how the women painstakingly investigated their suitors—for example, by distributing ‘reference forms’, ... More


I had admired his conduct on the plains

Paula Kelly Harline

in The Polygamous Wives Writing Club: From the Diaries of Mormon Pioneer Women

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780199346509
eISBN:
9780199346561
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199346509.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Second wives Martha Heywood, Jane Hindley, and Ruth Rogers were older single women (spinsters) who married soon after arriving in Utah. Although polygamous marriage didn’t redeem women like them from ... More


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