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Widows´ Political Strategies in Traditional Communities: Negotiating Marital Status and Authority in Eighteenth-Century France
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2016 (English)In: Gender and Political Culture, 1500-1800 / [ed] James C. Daybell & Svante Norrhem, Ashgate, 2016Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines the strategies widows adopted in early modern rural communities, with particular reference to the legal and social changes affecting their marital status in the eighteenth century. Indeed, the examination of marriage contracts (and to a lesser extent donations and wills) shows a tangible evolution of the role and activities of widows, the consideration they received, not only within their households but also within their communities. Marital status is, of itself, a useful category of historical analysis. Single and married women had rights and daily experiences that were different to those of widows. Focusing on widows, we can emphasize the changes of status that occurred for these women but also, and more importantly, the changes experienced over time throughout the eighteenth century. 

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Ashgate, 2016.
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women, widows, status, empowerment, rural history, peasants, marriage
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106817OAI: diva2:844776
Available from: 2015-08-08 Created: 2015-08-08 Last updated: 2015-08-08

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