The Prospect Before Her: A History of Women in Western Europe, 1500 - 1800 Paperback – 15 Jul 1996
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"A major effort at synthesis...Ms. Hufton has a keen eye for the extraordinary interest in ordinary detail."--New York Times Book Review
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How did women in 16th century western Europe cope with the consequences of being considered inherently sinful--as well as being legally and economically subordinate to their fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons? What might become of a woman unable to raise a dowry? What were the difficulties faced by spinsters, single mothers, and widows? In this brilliant investigation into the lives of women from all social strata, Hufton leads us from poor-house to palazzo, from cradle to grave, illuminating what it meant to be female in western Europe during the years 1500 to 1800.See all Product Description
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--author of Correcting Jesus: 2000 Years of Changing the Story
This book takes time to read, and some chapters are somewhat arid, but most of them are full of really interesting facts. As the book is properly structured, it is easy to use as a reference book as information is easy to find, in a way is like an encyclopedia of social history focused on women, but not exclusively on women.
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An informative and entertaining read
Each chapter addresses an area that was of interest to women of the times, and remain of interest today - health, cooking etc, and they are so complete in addressing the issues that they read like small essays on their own.
This is a really enjoyable book, and not just for its scholarly value.
--author of A Galaxy of Immortal Women: The Yin Side of Chinese Civilization