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Single life and the city, 1200-1900

Author: Julie de Groot; Isabelle Devos; Ariadne Schmidt
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Today, singleness is often represented as a new and increasingly popular lifestyle, particularly in the city. However, single people crowded European towns from the late middle ages onward. This book discusses the living conditions of women and men living without a spouse in cities in western Europe, and reflects on differences and similarities in the past. Throughout the volume, singles' lives are examined via a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Julie de Groot; Isabelle Devos; Ariadne Schmidt
ISBN: 9781137406392 1137406399 9781137406408 1137406402
OCLC Number: 902659593
Description: xv, 260 pages : illustrations, charts, maps ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Working Alone? : Single Women in the Urban Economy of Late Medieval Flanders (Thirteenth-Early Fifteenth Centuries) / Peter Stabel --
2. Creating a Space for Themselves on the Urban Market : Survival Strategies and Economic Opportunities for Single Women in French Provincial Towns (Seventeenth-Eighteenth Centuries) / Anne Montenach --
3. Maids, Noblewomen, Journeymen, State Officials, and Others : Unmarried Adults in Four Swedish Towns, 1750-1855 / Dag Lindstrom --
4. Destitute in December : Unmarried Scots Navigating Poverty in Paisley, 1861 / Wendy M. Gordon --
5. Desperately Seeking the Single Man in Later Medieval England / P.J.P. Goldberg --
6. To Be or not to Be a Beguine in an Early Modern Town : Piety or Pragmatism? : the Great Beguinage of St. Catherine in Sixteenth-Century Mechelen / Kim Overlaet --
7. "Why did she not live with her husband and how was she able to support herself?" : Grass Widow Prostitutes in Eighteenth-Century Bruges / Maja Mechant --
8. Single Life in Fifteenth-Century Bruges : Living Arrangements and Material Culture at the Fringes of Urban Society / Inneke Baatsen, Julie De Groot and Isis Sturtewagen --
9. Single People and the Material Culture of the English Urban Home in the Long Eighteenth Century / David Hussey and Margaret Ponsonby --
10. Rich, Male and Single : The Consumption Practices of Edward Leigh, 1742-1786 / Jon Stobart.
Responsibility: edited by Julie de Groot, University of Antwerp, Belgium, Isabelle Devos, Ghent University, Belgium and Ariadne Schmidt, Leiden University, Netherlands.

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By taking on a long-term perspective, a large geographical scope and moving beyond the homogeneous treatment of single people, this book fleshes out the particularities of urban singles and allows  Read more...

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