Synopses & Reviews
Using substantial new evidence to explore the diverse ways that English women participated in the market economy from 1300 to 1620, Marjorie McIntosh challenges traditional views of this "golden age" as well as more recent critiques. She argues that women's engagement in the market economy fluctuated widely under the pressures of demographic, economic, social and cultural change. Thus, although they enjoyed unprecedented opportunities following the plagues of 1348-49, these opportunities had largely eroded by the late sixteenth century.
"McIntosh has produced a book that will be of interest to specialists but that is appropriate for an undergraduate audience. Historians of women's work will benefit from McIntosh's more holistic conceptualization of women's economic activity. And generalists will benefit from a book that is clearly and accessibly written and provides a good overview of the historiography." - American Historical Review, Amy M. Froide, University of Maryland
This study explores the diverse and changing ways in which English women participated in the market economy from 1300 to 1620. Using substantial new evidence it challenges both traditional views of this period as a 'golden age' for women's work and more recent critiques of the 'golden age'.
This is an important new study of English women's participation in the market economy from 1300 to 1620.
Table of Contents
Part I. Women and Their Work: 1. Women's work in its social setting; 2. Studying working women; Part II. Providing Services: 3. Domestic and personal services; 4. Financial services and real estate; Part III. Making and Selling Goods: 5. General features of women's work as producers and sellers; 6. Drink work; 7. The food trades and innkeeping; 8. Women's participation in the skilled crafts; 9. Turning the coin: women as consumers.