Enterprising widows and active wives: women's unpaid work in the household economy of early modern England

  title={Enterprising widows and active wives: women's unpaid work in the household economy of early modern England},
  author={Jane Whittle},
  journal={The History of the Family},
  pages={283 - 300}
  • J. Whittle
  • Published 3 July 2014
  • Economics
  • The History of the Family
This article uses 75 matching pairs of probate inventories and supporting documents belonging to married men and their widows to investigate women's unpaid income-generating work within the household economy of rural and small town England between 1534 and 1699. The inventories are drawn from seven localities: county Durham, Cheshire, Chesterfield in Derbyshire, Stratford-upon-Avon, east Kent, Devon, and Cornwall, and are supplemented with evidence from wills and probate accounts. Evidence of… 
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