When Gossips Meet
Women, Family and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England
By (author) Bernard Capp
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When Gossips Meet by Bernard Capp
Book DescriptionThis book explores how women of the poorer and middling sorts in early modern England negoitated a patriarchal culture in which they were generally excluded, marginalized, or subordinated. It focuses on the networks of close friends ('gossips') which gave them a social identity beyond the narrowly domestic, providing both companionship and practical support in disputes with husbands and with neighbours of either sex. The book also examines the micropolitics of the household, with its internal alliances and feuds, and women's agency in neighbourhood politics, exercised by shaping local public opinion, exerting pressure on parish officials, and through the role of informal female juries. If women did not openly challenge male supremacy, they could often play a significant role in shaping their own lives and the life of the local community.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199255986
(223mm x 145mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bernard Capp
England's Culture Wars, Hardback (July 2012)
Explores what happened once the monarchy had been swept away after the civil war and puritans found themselves in power. Examines campaigns to regulate sexual behaviour, reform language, and suppress Christmas traditions, disorderly sports, and popular music. Shows how reformers, despite meeting defiance and evasion, could have a major impact.
When Gossips Meet, Paperback (July 2004)
This title explores how women of the poorer and middling sorts in early modern England sought to make the best of their lives in a society that excluded or marginalized them in almost every sphere. It argues that networks of close friends ('gossips') provided invaluable moral and practical support.
World of John Taylor the Water-poet, 1578-1653, Hardback (October 1994)
John Taylor was a prolific and colourful popular writer who gives us a unique picture of England from James I to the civil war through the eyes of a London waterman. This is the first full study of the self-styled 'King's Water-Poet' who carved out a pioneering role for himself as a 'media celebrity' and became a national institution.
Cromwell's Navy, Paperback (October 1992)» View all books by Bernard Capp
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