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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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A Maid Is Not Always a Servant: Singlewomen in the Urban Economy

A Maid Is Not Always a Servant: Singlewomen in the Urban Economy

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This chapter examines the work of women who did not have husbands and did not participate in the household economy of the early modern era. Investigating primarily urban women from labouring, craft, trade, and mercantile families, it explores the range of work performed by singlewomen. It also examines the obstacles faced by never-married women in towns that did not grant such women the status of independent mistresses, and the women who overcame the odds to break into shopkeeping and the new luxury trades emerging in the late 17th and 18th centuries.

Keywords:   apprentices, businesswomen, domestic service, economic history, guilds, labour, tradeswomen, urban history, work

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