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

Bernard Capp


This book explores how women of the poorer and middling sorts in early modern England negotiated a patriarchal culture in which they were generally excluded, marginalized, or subordinated. It focuses on the networks of close friends (‘gossips’) which gave them a social identity beyond the narrowly domestic, providing both companionship and practical support in disputes with husbands and with neighbours of either sex. The book also examines the micropolitics of the household, with its internal alliances and feuds, and women's agency in neighbourhood politics, exercised by shaping local public o ... More

Keywords: patriarchal culture, networks, companionship, household, internal alliances, feuds, women's agency, public opinion, female juries

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780199255986
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199255986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Capp, author
Professor of History, University of Warwick
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