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Gender Relations in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By Laura Gowing


200 pages

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This concise and accessible book explores the history of gender in England between 1500 and 1700. Amidst the political and religious disruptions of the Reformation and the Civil War, sexual difference and gender were matters of public debate and private contention.

Laura Gowing provides unique insight into gender relations in a time of flux, through sources ranging from the women who tried to vote in Ipswich in 1640, to the dreams of Archbishop Laud and a grandmother describing the first time her grandson wore breeches. Examining gender relations in the contexts of the body, the house, the neighbourhood and the political world, this comprehensive study analyses the tides of change and the power of custom in a pre-modern world.

This book offers:

Previously unpublished documents by women and men from all levels of society, ranging from private letters to court cases

A critical examination of a new field, reflecting original research and the most recent scholarship

In-depth analysis of historical evidence, allowing the reader to reconstruct the hidden histories of women

Also including a chronology, who’s who of key figures, guide to further reading and a full-colour plate section, Gender Relations in Early Modern England is ideal for students and interested readers at all levels, providing a diverse range of primary sources and the tools to unlock them.

Table of Contents

Publisher's acknowledgements. Chronology. Who’s Who. Glossary. PART 1 ANALYSIS. Introduction: Gender relations. 1 Bodies and minds. 2 Patriarchal households. 3 Communities. 4 Polity. Conclusion: Assessment. PART 2 DOCUMENTS. 1 Genesis 2:18–25. 2 Jane Anger. 3 Levinus Lemnius. 4 Jane Sharp. 5 Archbishop Laud’s dream. 6 Katherine Austen. 7 Frank North. 8 Jane Martindale. 9 James I and Robert Carr. 10 Mrs Jane Ratcliffe. 11 Mawdlin Gawen. 12 Hic Mulier. 13 A joke. 14 Edward Lacy and Elizabeth Inkberrow. 15 Leonard Wheatcroft. 16 Elizabeth Browne. 17 The Country Justice. 18 James I and George Villiers. 19 Leo Africanus. 20 Sarah Jinner. 21 Samuel Pepys. 22 Aristotle’s Masterpiece. 23 The eagle stone. 24 Ralph Josselin. 25 Isabella Twysden. 26 Jane Minors. 27 Bathsua Makin. 28 An Act for the Advancement of True Religion and for the Abolishment of the Contrary, 1543. 29 1 Timothy 2:9–15. 30 Rose Hickman. 31 Alice Driver. 32 Alice Thornton. 33 The Infanticide Act. 34 Dod and Cleaver on marriage. 35 Homily of the state of matrimony. 36 Dod and Cleaver on servants. 37 William Gouge. 38 Maria Thynne. 39 Elizabeth Freke’s remembrances. 40 Anne and James Young. 41 The Weavers’ Guild. 42 The Lawes Resolutions of Womens Rights. 43 Treatise of Testaments. 44 Edward Barlow. 45 The Statute of Artificers. 46 Searchers of the dead. 47 Norwich census of the poor. 48 Punishing bastard getters. 49 Elizabeth Bromley vs. Edith Griffyn. 50 Dod and Cleaver on honesty. 51 Antony Ratcliff. 52 William Stout. 53 Nehemiah Wallington. 54 Nicholas Marden and friends. 55 Mercurius Democritus. 56 Sir Thomas Smith. 57 Lucy Hutchinson. 58 Reinforcing Queenly Power. 59 Reasons for crowning the Prince and Princess of Orange jointly. 60 Edward Coke on elections. 61 The election at Ipswich 1640. 62 Lambard on the assembly of women. 63 Alice Baine and Dorothy Dawson. 64 John Peatch. 65 Sarah Walker. 66 Brilliana Harley to her husband. 67 1 Corinthians 1:27–29. 68 Abiezer Coppe. 69 Petition of the gentlewomen and tradesmen’s wives. 70 The parliament scout. 71 A parliament of women. Guide to further reading. References. Index.

About the Author

Laura Gowing is Reader in Early Modern British History at King’s College, London. Her previous works include Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London (1996) and Common Bodies: Women, Touch and Power in Seventeenth-Century England (2003).

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