Widows in European economy and society, 1600-1920 /

"Widows are often viewed as being marginalised in society, struggling to make a living and in need of financial and other support. However, ... widows did in fact engage very effectively in economic activity, often being in charge of families, households and commercial enterprises. The book out...

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Main Authors: Moring, Beatrice (Author), Wall, Richard, 1944- (Author)
Language:English
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Summary:"Widows are often viewed as being marginalised in society, struggling to make a living and in need of financial and other support. However, ... widows did in fact engage very effectively in economic activity, often being in charge of families, households and commercial enterprises. The book outlines how extensive widowhood was, examines the provisions made for the support of widows, including in the form of marriage contracts, dowries and charitable assistance, and provides numerous examples of widows being economically active, paying their way and involving themselves energetically in society - one notable example being Barbe-Nicole Clicquot, who established a very successful company producing La Veuve Clicquot champagne. The book contrasts the situation in different parts of Europe, and between rural and urban areas, and shows how provision for widows both in law and in practice evolved over time"--Book cover.
Physical Description:xiii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-318) and index.
Published: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK : The Boydell Press, 2017.
ISBN:9781783271771
1783271779

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