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Women''s Agency in Early Modern Britain and the American Colonies.

By: O''Day, Rosemary.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Themes In British Social History: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2014Description: 1 online resource (505 p.).ISBN: 9781317886310.Subject(s): Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- Marriage -- History -- 16th-18th century | Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- Social conditions -- 16th-18th century | Marriage -- Great Britain -- History Marriage -- United States -- History | Women -- Great Britain -- Social conditions | Women -- United States -- Social conditionsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Women''s Agency in Early Modern Britain and the American ColoniesDDC classification: 305.40941 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Dedication; Abbreviations; 1 General introduction; PART 1 Marrying: an active proposition; Introduction; 2 How and where were marriages solemnised?; 3 What was marriage? What was its purpose?; 4 Finding a partner among the landed aristocracy; 5 Making marriages among women of the professional and the middling sorts; PART 2 Experience of marriage; Introduction; 6 Attitudes to marriage; 7 Patriarchy; 8 Partnership and separation; 9 Mistress of the household: what wives did all day; 10 Mothers; 11 Wives and property
12 Widows and widowhoodPART 3 Culture and religion: women's preparation for and participation in contemporary culture; Introduction; 13 Women's formal and informal education; 14 Women and religion; 15 Contemporary culture: print and non-print, public and private; 16 Women's cultural lives: participation; Bibliography; Glossary; Subject index; Index of proper names
Summary: Women in early modern Britain and colonial America were not the weak husband- and father-dominated characters of popular myth. Quite the reverse, strong women were the norm.  They exercised considerable influence as important agents in the social, economic, religious and cultural life of their societies.This book shows how women on both sides of the Atlantic, while accepting a patriarchal system with all its advantages and disadvantages, contrived to carve out for themselves meaningful lives. Unusually it concentrates not only on the making and meaning of marriage, but also upon the partnership between men and women.  It also looks at the varied roles - cultural, religious and educational - that women played both inside and outside marriage during the key period 1500-1760. Women emerge as partners, patrons, matchmakers, investors and network builders.
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Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Preface; Dedication; Abbreviations; 1 General introduction; PART 1 Marrying: an active proposition; Introduction; 2 How and where were marriages solemnised?; 3 What was marriage? What was its purpose?; 4 Finding a partner among the landed aristocracy; 5 Making marriages among women of the professional and the middling sorts; PART 2 Experience of marriage; Introduction; 6 Attitudes to marriage; 7 Patriarchy; 8 Partnership and separation; 9 Mistress of the household: what wives did all day; 10 Mothers; 11 Wives and property

12 Widows and widowhoodPART 3 Culture and religion: women's preparation for and participation in contemporary culture; Introduction; 13 Women's formal and informal education; 14 Women and religion; 15 Contemporary culture: print and non-print, public and private; 16 Women's cultural lives: participation; Bibliography; Glossary; Subject index; Index of proper names

Women in early modern Britain and colonial America were not the weak husband- and father-dominated characters of popular myth. Quite the reverse, strong women were the norm.  They exercised considerable influence as important agents in the social, economic, religious and cultural life of their societies.This book shows how women on both sides of the Atlantic, while accepting a patriarchal system with all its advantages and disadvantages, contrived to carve out for themselves meaningful lives. Unusually it concentrates not only on the making and meaning of marriage, but also upon the partnership between men and women.  It also looks at the varied roles - cultural, religious and educational - that women played both inside and outside marriage during the key period 1500-1760. Women emerge as partners, patrons, matchmakers, investors and network builders.

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This richly documented study focuses on the lives of women in early modern England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and the 13 American Colonies, convincingly demonstrating that on both sides of the Atlantic, contrary to popular myth, strong, capable women were more the norm than an anomaly. While marriage played an important role in women's experiences in the period and "women's lives were dominated by the prospect of, or actuality of, marriage (even when they elected to, or were destined to, remain single), there was no sharp division in their lives when they passed from the single to the married state." O'Day (Open Univ.) deftly uses printed and manuscript sources to demonstrate that women exercised a great deal of agency in the social, cultural, and religious worlds they inhabited. Reliance on detailed case studies enables O'Day to circumvent what might otherwise be expected in a history that covers over two centuries and spans two continents--broad generalizations and statistical summaries. Expressly written with undergraduates and university instructors in mind, the text offers a cogent overview of contemporary scholarship on early modern women and, as was designed, acts as something of a companion to women's history of the period. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. S. L. Hoglund SUNY at Stony Brook

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