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The Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century
Working life of Women in the Seventeenth Century, originally published in 1919, was the first comprehensive analysis of the daily lives of ordinary women in early modern England. It remains the most wide ranging introduction to the subject. Clark uses a variety of documentary sources to illuminate the experience of women in the past. Gentlewomen left memoirs, letters, and ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Routledge
(first published 1919)
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I found this book absolutely fascinating and filled with information that simply amazed me as it was backed up by primary source references and intensive study. “In the seventeenth century the idea is seldom encountered that a man supports his wife; husband and wife were then mutually dependent and together supported their children.” (12) There are very interesting facts and conclusions drawn from those facts in this book. For instance, Agriculture labor that is just now being opened to women ag ...more
Apr 13, 2018 Mel rated it really liked it
Written in 1919 this excellent book looks at the different type of work women did in the 17th century and basically comes to the conclusion that capitalism is to blame for the weakened position of women in the early 20th century. The book draws on a wide variety of sources, mostly original records. As an early history it is more a list of how things were than analysing what that meant. For instance it includes women as apprentices and members of guilds, but not how they actually particiapted in ...more