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Women in Early Modern Britain, 1450–1640

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  • The only book currently available to provide a synthesis of the history of women in England, Wales and Scotland during the early modern era
    Draws on past and present research to examine the ways in which women's lives were affected by social, economic and religious conditions

Part of the Social History in Perspective book series (SHP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Christine Peters
    Pages 1-6
  3. Christine Peters
    Pages 7-44
  4. Christine Peters
    Pages 45-67
  5. Christine Peters
    Pages 68-106
  6. Christine Peters
    Pages 107-131
  7. Christine Peters
    Pages 132-163
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 164-206

About this book


Although in its infancy, the history of women in Wales and Scotland before and during the Reformation is now thriving. A longer tradition of historical studies has shed light on many areas of women's experience in England. Drawing on this historiography, Christine Peters examines the significance of contrasting social, economic and religious conditions in shaping the lives of women in Britain.
Gender assumptions were broadly similar in England, Wales and Scotland, but female experience varied widely. Women in Early Modern Britain, 1450-1640 explores how this was influenced by various factors, including changes in clanship and inheritance, the employment of single women, the punishment of pregnant brides and scolds, the introduction of Protestantism, and the fusion of fairy beliefs with ideas of demonological witchcraft.
Peters' text is the first comparative survey and analysis of the diversity of women's lives in Britain during the early modern period.


Britain early modern period England gender history Scotland women

About the authors

CHRISTINE PETERS is Lecturer in History at Queen's College, Oxford. Her research interests lie in the comparative study of women, gender and religion.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Women in Early Modern Britain, 1450–1640
  • Authors Christine Peters
  • Series Title Social History in Perspective
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Social & Cultural Studies Collection Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-333-63358-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-333-63359-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-21278-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages V, 206
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Previously published under the imprint Palgrave
  • Topics Gender Studies
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