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By Amy M Froide

Never Married: Singlewomen in Early sleek England investigates a paradox within the heritage of early smooth England: even supposing one 3rd of grownup girls have been by no means married, those ladies have remained mostly absent from historic scholarship. Amy Froide reintroduces us to the class of distinction referred to as marital prestige and to the numerous methods it formed the existence reviews of early smooth ladies. via de-centring marriage because the norm in social, monetary, and cultural phrases, her e-book seriously refines our present realizing of people's lives some time past and provides to a up to date line of scholarship that questions simply how universal "traditional" households fairly were.

This ebook is either a social-economic learn of singlewomen and a cultural research of the meanings of singleness in early glossy England. It makes a speciality of never-married ladies in England's provincial cities, and on singlewomen from a huge social spectrum. protecting the whole early glossy period, it finds that this was once a time of transition within the background of never-married ladies. in the course of the 16th century life-long singlewomen have been mostly absent from pop culture, yet through the eighteenth century they'd turn into a vital challenge of English society.

As the 1st publication of unique examine to target singlewomen at the interval, it additionally illuminates different parts of early smooth background. Froide unearths the significance of kinship long ago to ladies with no husbands and youngsters, in addition to to widows, widowers, unmarried males, and orphans. interpreting the contributions of operating and propertied singlewomen, she is ready to illustrate the significance of gender and marital prestige to city economies and to notions of city citizenship within the early sleek period. Tracing the origins of the spinster and outdated maid stereotypes she finds how singlewomen have been marginalized as first the sufferers after which the villains of Protestant English society.

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