The collection is organized around two main principles, stages of life and gender, and is divided into eight chapters: childhood, youth and sexuality, courtship and weddings, married life, economic life, networks and communities, and widowhood and old age. The sources address the numerous and varied ways in which women and men’s notions of themselves affected their lives, and explore how accepted norms of masculine and feminine behaviour influenced social, economic, and religious change. Guided by a general editors' introduction and then an introduction to each chapter, the user will find this an invaluable reference companion to early modern gender history.
Geographic table of contents. Introduction I. CHILDHOOD 1. Birth and Infancy 2. Education and training 3. Orphans 4. Inheritance II. YOUTH, SEXUALITY, AND THE SINGLE LIFE 5. Advanced Education 6. Restrictions on single people 7. Sexuality 8. Images of Youth III. COURTSHIP, LOVE, AND WEDDINGS 9. Choosing a spouse 10. Engagement negotiations 11. Marriage contracts and agreements 12. Love 13. Weddings IV. MARRIED LIFE 14. Definitions of marital status 15. Love and companionship 16. Marriage as partnership 17. Conflict V. ECONOMIC LIFE 18. Ownership and management of property and goods 19. Sales and trade 20. Production 21. Medical care 22. Servants, soldiers, and slaves VI. RELIGION 23. Defining and maintaining orthodoxy 24. Religious activities 25. Competing traditions VII. NETWORKS 26. Family bonds 27. Friendship networks and neighborhoods 28. Professional networks 29. Religious communities 30. Conflict VIII. WIDOWHOOD AND OLD AGE 31. Carrying on the family business 32. Widows and widowers as financial administrators 33. Widowhood, age, and power 34. Hardship. List of Contributors.