Women in English Society, 1500-1800 by Mary Prior

By Mary Prior

Offers a scientific research of varied facets of women's lives among 1500 and 1800, targeting special learn into particular teams of girls the place it's been attainable to accumulate an image in a few element.

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The two factors of long birth intervals and low age-specific fertility are obviously interrelated. The relationship is probably one where the long intervals contribute to the reduced fertility rather than the other way round. In other words, because these young women tended, by prolonged lactation, to delay another pregnancy, their observed fertility was lowered. There appears to be no biological reason why women who married earlier (except perhaps teenage brides) should have had intrinsically lower fertility.

At all intervals except the first, women who married young had longer birth intervals than women who married at a later age. It is possible that, except for very young women, it was easier to sustain lactation and that, being young, fit and with few children, they may have taken a nurse child, provided that they had succeeded in rearing one child successfully. The two factors of long birth intervals and low age-specific fertility are obviously interrelated. The relationship is probably one where the long intervals contribute to the reduced fertility rather than the other way round.

Dyllam. 1590 A nurse child from London nursed by the wife of John Edwardes shovel-maker. 1591 Michael a nurse child of the wife of henry Awby. 1591 Thomas Hill a nurse child of the wife of Ric. Gaate. 1592 Thomas Cordell a nurse child of Wm Edwardes wife. 1593 Gother verna of London nursed by Elyzab. wheatly. 1594 Edward Tarr son of an haberdasher of London and nursed by the wife of henry Gosham. 1594 Agnes walker of London nursed by Jo. Edwardes wife shovel-maker. Note Modern spelling except for proper names.

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