City Women: Money, Sex, and the Social Order in Early Modern London Eleanor Hubbard

ISBN: 9781280595103

Published: May 29th 2012

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310 pages


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City Women: Money, Sex, and the Social Order in Early Modern London  by  Eleanor Hubbard

City Women: Money, Sex, and the Social Order in Early Modern London by Eleanor Hubbard
May 29th 2012 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 310 pages | ISBN: 9781280595103 | 7.13 Mb

City Women is a major new study of the lives of ordinary women in early modern London. Drawing on thousands of pages of Londoners depositions for the consistory court, it focuses on the challenges that preoccupied London women as they strove forMoreCity Women is a major new study of the lives of ordinary women in early modern London. Drawing on thousands of pages of Londoners depositions for the consistory court, it focuses on the challenges that preoccupied London women as they strove for survival and preferment in the burgeoning metropolis. Balancing new demographic data with vivid case studies, Eleanor Hubbard explores the advantages and dangers that the city had to offer, from womens first arrival to London as migrant maidservants, through the vicissitudes of marriage, widowhood, and old age.

In early modern London, womens opportunities were tightly restricted. Nonetheless, before 1640, the citys unique demographic circumstances provided unusual scope for marital advancement, and both maids and widows were quick to take advantage of this. Similarly, moments of opportunity emerged when the powerful sexual anxieties that associated womens speech and mobility with loose behaviour came into conflict with even more powerful anxieties about the economic stability of households and communities.

As neighbours and magistrates sought to reconcile their competing priorities in cases of illegitimate pregnancy, marital disputes, working wives, remarrying widows, and more, women were able to exploit the resulting uncertainty to pursue their own ends.

By paying close attention to the aspirations and preoccupations of London women themselves, their daily struggles, small triumphs, and domestic tragedies, City Women provides a valuable new perspective on the importance of early modern womens efforts in the growing capital, and on the nature of early modern English society as a whole.



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