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When Gossips MeetWomen, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England$
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Bernard Capp

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199255986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255986.001.0001

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Women and Neighbours: Female Disputes

Women and Neighbours: Female Disputes

(p.185) 5 Women and Neighbours: Female Disputes
When Gossips Meet

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This chapter explores disputes between women in early modern England. Topics discussed include quarrels, confrontations in public places, the politics of defamation, and physical violence. It shows that the law played a key role in the pursuit and resolution of female disputes, through defamation suits, binding-over, and prosecutions in lower courts. However, for the most part, it remained a secondary means of conflict resolution.

Keywords:   women, female disputes, quarrels, defamation, violence

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