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Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain: The Peasants of Galicia

Allyson M. Poska


While scholars have marveled at how accused witches, mystical nuns, and aristocratic women understood and used their wealth, power, and authority to manipulate both men and institutions, most early modern women were not privileged by money or supernatural contacts. They led the routine and often difficult lives of peasant women and wives of soldiers and tradesmen. However, a lack of connections to the typical sources of authority did not mean that the majority of early modern women were completely disempowered. In fact, in many peripheral areas of Europe, like Galicia, local traditions and gen ... More

Keywords: Galicia, early modern Spain, peasant women, migration, Inquisition, ethnohistory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199265312
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265312.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allyson M. Poska, author
Professor of History, University of Mary Washington
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