Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England by Amy M Froide

By Amy M Froide

This is often the 1st ebook of unique examine at the girls who by no means married in early smooth England. Amy Froide appears to be like at how singlewomen's lives differed from these of better halves and widows, on the social relationships of ladies with no husbands, and at how those girls supported themselves. She additionally examines the commercial and civic contributions singlewomen made to city lifestyles and explores the English origins of the spinster and outdated maid sterotype.

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78 The likelihood of widows obtaining more relief than nevermarried women was even more striking in the seventeenth-century community of Aldenham. 79 75 SRO, SC 2/1/6; D/MC 1, 2; SC 9/1/19. Willen, ‘Women in the Public Sphere’, 563; W. Newman Brown, ‘The Receipt of Poor Relief and Family Situation: Aldenham, Hertfordshire 1630–90’, in Richard M. ), (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1984), 414. ), Poor Women and Children in the European Past (New York: Routledge, 1994), 202. 77 SRO, SC 10/1/1.

Nineteen of these single daughters lived in households that received relief payments, but such relief was assisting the household and not these singlewomen in particular. Out of an additional 63 women in the census whose marital status cannot be identified, 30 obtained economic assistance. 79 Brown, ‘The Receipt of Poor Relief ’, 412. 76 36 Singlewomen and Widows Historians of early modern England have largely characterized the ‘deserving’ poor as women, but the above examples caution against such a generalization.

Hill, Women Alone, 94 SRO, SC/AG 8/6/1; Brown, ‘The Receipt of Poor Relief’, 418. For more examples, see B. Hill, Women Alone, 101. 95 SRO, SC/AG 8/6/1. 40 Singlewomen and Widows ton’s governors. It seems that Southampton’s churchwardens were willing to pay dearly to encourage the second generation not to repeat the mistakes of the first.

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