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Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Amy M. Froide


This book presents original research on women who never married in early modern England. It reintroduces us to the category of marital status and to the significant ways it shaped the life experiences of early modern women. The book argues that to understand early modern women we need to de-center marriage and not accept the marital couple as the norm. It is both a socio-economic and cultural study of singlewomen. It reveals the importance of kinship for women without husbands and children as well as the significant roles that singlewomen played in their own kin groups as caretakers and provid ... More

Keywords: independence, marital status, marriage, old maid, singleness, singlewomen, spinster, women's work

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270606
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Amy M. Froide, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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