Journals Higher Education



Published: 28 January 1999

368 Pages | 8 halftones, 1 linecut

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195117356

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Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens

Women's Alliances in Early Modern England

Edited by Susan Frye and Karen Robertson

This collection of sixteen essays considers evidence for the varied forms of women's alliances in early modern England. Women, who were prohibited from direct participation in the institutional structures that shaped the lives of men, constructed informal connections with other women for survival, advancement, and creativity. The essays presented here consider a variety of communities--formed among groups as diverse as serving women, vagrants, aristocrats, and authors--in order to consider the historical traces of women's connections.