9780199255986

When Gossips Meet Women, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England

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  • ISBN13:

    9780199255986

  • ISBN10:

    0199255989

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-03-27
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Summary

This book explores how women of the poorer and middling sorts in early modern England sought to make the best of their lives in a society that excluded or marginalized them in almost every sphere. It argues that networks of close friends ("gossips") provided invaluable moral and practical support, helping them to shape their own lives and to play an active role in the affairs of the local community.

Author Biography

Bernard Capp is Professor of History at the University of Warwick.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Patriarchy and the World of Gossips
Families and Gossips: The Experience of Marriage
Maidservants and the Politics of the Household
Women and Neighbours: Female Disputes
Women and Neighbours: Disputes with Men
Women as Citizens: Public and Political Life
Recreation, Religion, and Female Culture
Conclusion
Bibliography of Unpublished Sources
Index
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