The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe

1st Edition

Amanda L. Capern

November 8, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 464 Pages
ISBN 9780415732512 - CAT# Y158239
Series: Routledge Histories

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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 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 held by women, through reading and writing, 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 international team of authors are research experts in their field and present the latest findings in an accessible style, providing a broad insight into the subject.

The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe revises the 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.

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