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Singlewomen in the European Past, 1250-1800
When we think about the European past, we tend to imagine villages, towns, and cities populated by conventional families--married couples and their children. Although most people did marry and pass many of their adult years in the company of a spouse, this vision of a preindustrial Europe shaped by heterosexual marriage deceptively hides the well-established fact that, in ...more
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Given the significance of ‘life-cycle service’ to unmarried women and the preponderance of societal pressure for women to be under the control of a master, if not a husband or father, in the early modern period in England, this work is useful as a reminder of the wider context of the female experience.