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Women, Work and Sociability in Early Modern London


Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History book series (GSX)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Tim Reinke-Williams
    Pages 1-14
  3. Tim Reinke-Williams
    Pages 15-43
  4. Tim Reinke-Williams
    Pages 44-73
  5. Tim Reinke-Williams
    Pages 74-102
  6. Tim Reinke-Williams
    Pages 103-126
  7. Tim Reinke-Williams
    Pages 127-156
  8. Tim Reinke-Williams
    Pages 157-164
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 165-225

About this book


Drawing on legal and literary sources, this work revises and expands understandings of female honesty, worth and credit by exploring how women from the middling and lower ranks of society fashioned positive identities as mothers, housewives, domestic managers, retailers and neighbours between 1550 and 1700.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social SciencesUniversity of NorthamptonUK

About the authors

Tim Reinke-Williams is Lecturer in History at the University of Northampton, UK. His research focuses on how ideas and practices of gender shaped the mentalities and experiences of women and men in early modern England. His publications include articles in the journals Gender and History and Continuity and Change.

Bibliographic information


“Reinke-Williams usefully builds on the work of other scholars to investigate precisely how women actively acquired credit through motherhood, housewifery, domestic management, work, and sociability. His in-depth discussions of motherhood and women who took in lodgers are especially novel and welcome additions to a literature that has focused on relations between spouses and neighbors.” (Eleanor Hubbard, Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 68 (4), 2015)

"Women, Work and Sociability in Early Modern London is a comprehensive, well-written and exciting addition to a growing scholarship investigating how the middling sort and labouring poor forged and expressed positive identities for themselves in early modern England, particularly through their work and sociability. It particularly opens up new directions for histories of women's work during this period, moving away from the arguable binaries of previous historiography which has so often limited itself to particular evidence bases." - Reviews in History