Women as Mothers in Pre-Industrial England: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women as Mothers in Pre-Industrial England

1st Edition

Edited by Valerie Fildes


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Originally published in 1990, this book met the rising interest in the subject of women in pre-industrial England, bringing together a group of scholars with diverse and wide-ranging interests; experts in social and medical history, demography, women’s studies, and the history of the family, whose work would not normally appear in one volume.

Key aspects of motherhood in pre-industrial society are discussed, including women’s concepts of maternity, the experience of pregnancy, childbirth, and wet nursing, the fostering and disciplining of children, and child abandonment and neglect. This unique book provides a comprehensive introductory overview of its subject, with emphasis on women’s experiences and motives.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. The Construction and Experience of Maternity in Seventeenth-century England Patricia Crawford 2. Embarking on a Rough Passage: the Experience of Pregnancy in Early-modern Society Linda A. Pollock 3. The Ceremony of Childbirth and its Interpretation Adrian Wilson 4. Puritan Attitudes Towards Childhood Discipline, 1560-1634 Robert V. Schnucker 5. Wet Nursing and Child Care in Aldenham, Hertfordshire, 1595-1726 Fiona Newall 6. Maternal Feelings Reassessed: Child Abandonment and Neglect in London and Westminster, 1550-1800 Valerie Fildes 7. Conjugal Love and the Flight from Marriage: Poetry as a Source for the History of Women and the Family Mary Prior

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Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Modern / 17th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 16th Century
HISTORY / Social History
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies