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Women alone

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Product description

Hardcover book in very good condition with minimal shelf wear. Unbroken spine. Internally clean and bright.

We know very little about spinsters in earlier times, for the stigma attached to the unmarried state often rendered these women almost invisible. Now a fascinating book opens a window into the lives of British spinsters in the mid-seventeenth to mid-nineteenth centuries, assessing the opportunities open to them and the restrictions placed upon them within different social classes, occupations, and periods. Bridget Hill examines how often spinsters were able to earn enough money to live independently, what provision the Poor Law made for them if they did not, whether extreme poverty led to their involvement in crime or prostitution, and, if they stayed in the parental home, what kind of lives they led. She looks at the part single women played in religious organisations and the role of friendship and letter-writing in their daily lives. She describes the nature of close relationships between women, some lesbian but many others not. Exploring the spinsters' possibilities of escape from restrictive lives, particularly by emigration or crossdressing, she discusses how successful these were.;She provides details about the degree of surveillance single women suffered from the authorities and how often they were seen as a threat to social order. Finally she addresses the question of whether all spinsters of this era were suffering victims or potential viragoes, or neither.

Item details

Author(s):
Hill, Bridget
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24.1 x 16.8 x 2.5 cm
Edition:
2001
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0300088205
ISBN-13:
9780300088205
Number of pages:
219
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Title:
Women alone

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Hardcover book in very good condition with minimal shelf wear. Unbroken spine. Internally clean and bright.

We know very little about spinsters in earlier times, for the stigma attached to the unmarried state often rendered these women almost invisible. Now a fascinating book opens a window into the lives of British spinsters in the mid-seventeenth to mid-nineteenth centuries, assessing the opportunities open to them and the restrictions placed upon them within different social classes, occupations, and periods. Bridget Hill examines how often spinsters were able to earn enough money to live independently, what provision the Poor Law made for them if they did not, whether extreme poverty led to their involvement in crime or prostitution, and, if they stayed in the parental home, what kind of lives they led. She looks at the part single women played in religious organisations and the role of friendship and letter-writing in their daily lives. She describes the nature of close relationships between women, some lesbian but many others not. Exploring the spinsters' possibilities of escape from restrictive lives, particularly by emigration or crossdressing, she discusses how successful these were.;She provides details about the degree of surveillance single women suffered from the authorities and how often they were seen as a threat to social order. Finally she addresses the question of whether all spinsters of this era were suffering victims or potential viragoes, or neither.

Author(s):
Hill, Bridget
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24.1 x 16.8 x 2.5 cm
Edition:
2001
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0300088205
ISBN-13:
9780300088205
Number of pages:
219
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Title:
Women alone

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