Deviant Maternity: Illegitimacy in Wales, c. 1680–1800

1st Edition

Angela Joy Muir

February 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 296 Pages - 12 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367896805 - CAT# 351932
Series: Routledge Research in Gender and History


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This is the first-ever book to explore illegitimacy in Wales during the eighteenth century. Drawing on previously-overlooked archival sources, it examines the scope and context of Welsh illegitimacy, and the link between illegitimacy, courtship and economic precarity. It also goes beyond courtship to consider the different identities and relationships of the mothers and fathers of illegitimate children in Wales, and the lived experience of conception, pregnancy and childbirth for unmarried mothers. This book reframes the study of illegitimacy by combining demographic, social and cultural history approaches to emphasize the diversity of experiences, contexts and consequences.

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