Singlewomen in the European Past, 1250-1800

  title={Singlewomen in the European Past, 1250-1800},
  author={Judith M. Bennett and Amy. Froide},
Highlights the important minority of women who never married and addresses the critical matter of differences among women from the perspective of marital status. 
What Does it Mean to be Alone?
In this paper, I want to discuss what it means to be ‘alone’ in particular ethnographic and historical contexts by considering the status of unmarried women.
Maids, Wives and Widows: Multiple Meaning and Marriage in The Witch of Edmonton
In considering the multiple authorship and divergent plotlines of The Witch of Edmonton two main issues emerge. One is the relationship between Elizabeth Sawyer and the other women of the play,
The Case of the Missing Girls: Sex Ratios in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany
  • Tovah Bender
  • History, Economics
    Journal of women's history
  • 2011
This article addresses the apparent shortage of women in the 1427 Florentine Catasto by arguing that the shortage exists because it was only when they entered their first marriage that Tuscan women were viewed as complete, gendered beings by their families, government officials, and society.
‘Til Death Parts Us: Women’s Domestic Partnerships in Eighteenth-Century Brittany
  • N. Locklin
  • History, Economics
    Journal of women's history
  • 2011
The legal provision for two adult, unmarried women to create a “perpetual society” with one another found in the customary code of 1725 for the French province of Brittany is investigated to broaden knowledge of the meaning of marriage, partnership, and kin in early modern Europe.
Single Women and the Rural Credit Market in Eighteenth-Century France
This article examines the strategies, actions, and meaning of the credit activities of single women in rural credit markets in eighteenth-century France. For the purpose of this article, gender and,
“She Never Inclined to It”: Childhood, Family Relationships, and Marital Choice in Eighteenth-Century England
  • A. Harris
  • History
    The Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth
  • 2019
Abstract:Analyzing the family dynamics in the childhoods and youths of the three Sharp cousins, Jemima (born 1762), Catherine (born 1770), and Mary (born 1778), reveals the impact childhood family
A Status of Her Own: Women and Family Identities in Seventeenth-Century Aveiro, Portugal
The findings show that of the approximate 2,600 names of parents and godparents who were noted in the parish registers in the years between 1624 and 1638, the vast majority of them were not provided with a work label.
Missing Women: Sex Ratios in England, 1000–1500
Abstract This article proposes that late medieval English men may have outnumbered women by a significant margin, perhaps as high as 110 to 115 men for every 100 women. Data from both documentary and
Contemporary Spinsterhood in Britain: Gender, Partnership Status and Social Change
An increase in spinsterhood is one aspect of recent changes in family and household formation. Family change has been the focus of much academic and political attention, however there is little
Girls at Work in the Middle Ages
In recent decades, historians have documented the varied forms of work that women undertook in medieval society, either on behalf of their households or independently as single women. Women worked


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  • M. Todd
  • History, Economics
    Church History
  • 1980
The stress of Elizabethan and early Stuart Puritans on the significance of the family as the fundamental spiritual unit of society has led historians to the apparent but perhaps simplistic conclusion
Poverty and Deviance in Early Modern Europe
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