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

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

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(p.44) 3 Single But Not Alone: The Family History of Never-Married Women
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Never Married
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0003

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 formed significant relationships with relatives and friends. Never-married women were overwhelmingly women-identified, with sisters, mothers, and nieces being the most important individuals in their lives. Singlewomen performed important roles as aunts and sisters, both during their lives and posthumously through their legacies.

Keywords:   family, friends, godparents, inheritance, kin, siblings, singlewomen, sisters, wills

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