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The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe




ISBN 9780415732512
Published November 18, 2019 by Routledge
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Book Description

The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe is a comprehensive and ground-breaking survey of the lives of women in early-modern Europe between 1450 and 1750. Covering a period of dramatic political and cultural change, the book challenges the current contours and chronologies of European history by observing them through the lens of female experience. The collaborative research of this book covers four themes: the affective world; practical knowledge for life; politics and religion; arts, science and humanities. These themes are interwoven through the chapters, which encompass all areas of women’s lives: sexuality, emotions, health and wellbeing, educational attainment, litigation and the practical and leisured application of knowledge, skills and artistry from medicine to theology. The intellectual lives of women, through reading and writing, and their spirituality and engagement with the material world, are also explored. So too is the sheer energy of female work, including farming and manufacture, skilled craft and artwork, theatrical work and scientific enquiry.

The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe revises the chronological and ideological parameters of early-modern European history by opening the reader’s eyes to an exciting age of female productivity, social engagement and political activism across European and transatlantic boundaries. It is essential reading for students and researchers of early-modern history, the history of women and gender studies.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

Amanda L. Capern

THE AFFECTIVE WORLD – BODY, KINSHIP AND EMOTIONS

CHAPTER 1 – Bodies, Sex and Sexuality

Sarah Toulalan

CHAPTER 2 – Family, Kin and Friendship

Lyndan Warner

CHAPTER 3 – Love and Other Emotions

Katie Barclay

CHAPTER 4 – Affective Responses to Illness and Death

Olivia Weisser

PRACTICAL LITERACIES – EDUCATION, LAW AND LABOUR

CHAPTER 5 – Education: Learning, Literacy and Domestic Virtues

Juliane Jacobi

CHAPTER 6 – Work in Countryside, Cities and Towns

Judith Spicksley

CHAPTER 7 – Medical Knowledge and Practice

Leah Astbury & Elaine Leong

CHAPTER 8: Law, Property and Litigation – Tim Stretton

POWER – POLITICS AND RELIGION

CHAPTER 9 – Queens and Courtiers: Authority, Networks and Patronage

Elena Woodacre

CHAPTER 10 – The Intellectual World of Catholic Piety

Claire Walker

CHAPTER 11 – Protestant Theology, Spirituality and Evangelicalism

Amanda L. Capern

CHAPTER 12 – Women’s Political Writing: Civil War Memoirs

Mihoko Suzuki

INTELLECT & MATERIALITY – HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SCIENCE

CHAPTER 13 – Materializing Women: Dynamic Interactions of Gender and Materiality

Susan Broomhall

CHAPTER 14 – The Visual Arts

Julia Dabbs

CHAPTER 15 – Theatre and Performance

Daisy Black

CHAPTER 16 – Science and Natural Philosophy

Sarah Hutton

CHAPTER 17 – Literature and Letters

Amanda L. Capern

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Biography

Amanda L. Capern is Senior Lecturer at the University of Hull. Her publications include The Historical Study of Women: England, 15001700 (2010) and as editor Women and the Land, 15001900 (2019), as well as essays and articles on the social, economic, legal, intellectual and spiritual lives of early-modern British and European women.