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Never MarriedSinglewomen in Early Modern England$
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Amy M. Froide

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199270606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.001.0001

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Marital Status as a Category of Difference: Singlewomen and Widows

Marital Status as a Category of Difference: Singlewomen and Widows

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(p.15) 2 Marital Status as a Category of Difference: Singlewomen and Widows
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Never Married
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Amy M. Froide (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0002

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 widows) and never-married women. The lives of widows and singlewomen are compared through a case study of these women's residential, economic, and poor relief options.

Keywords:   householder, marital status, never-married women, poor relief, singlewomen, single mothers, trade, widows, work

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