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Description - Common Whores, Vertuous Women, and Loveing Wives by Debra A. Meyers

Religious conflicts had a pronounced effect on women and their families in early modern England, but our understanding of that impact is limited by the restrictions that prevented the open expression of religious beliefs in the post-Reformation years. More can be gleaned by shifting our focus to the New World, where gender relations and family formations were largely unhampered by the unsettling political and religious climate of England. In Maryland, English Arminian Catholics, Particular Baptists, Presbyterians, Puritans, Quakers, and Roman Catholics lived and worked together for most of the 17th century. By closely examining thousands of wills and other personal documents, as well as early Maryland's material culture, this transatlantic study depicts women's place in society and the ways religious values and social arrangements shaped their lives. This book takes a revisionist approach to the study of women and religion in colonial Maryland and adds considerably to our understanding of the social and cultural importance of religion in early America.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253341938
ISBN-10: 0253341930
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 155mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Debra A. Meyers

Debra Meyers is Assistant Professor of History at Northern Kentucky University and co-editor of Women and Religion in Old and New Worlds.