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Women in Early Modern England 1550–1720

Sara Mendelson and Patricia Crawford


This book provides a survey of life as it was experienced by most Englishwomen during the 16th and 17th centuries. The book examines virtually all aspects of women's lives: female life-stages from birth to death; the separate culture of women, including female friendship and feminist consciousness; the diverse roles of women in the religious and political movements of the day; and the effect of prevailing perceptions of gender differences. Comparisons are made between the makeshift economy of poor women and the occupational identities, and preoccupations, of the middling and elite classes. Thi ... More

Keywords: Englishwomen, 16th century, 17th century, birth, death, culture, friendship, feminist consciousness, gender differences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201243
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201243.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sara Mendelson, author
McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Patricia Crawford, author
University of Western Australia
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