Women and Ageing in British Society since 1500

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Routledge, Jul 30, 2014 - History - 260 pages
Women have always made up the majority of older people: this examination of the lives of elderly women in Britain in the period 1500 to the present reveals attitudes towards the ageing process. It sheds light on household structures as well as wider issues - including the history of the family, the process of industrialisation, the poor law, and welfare provision - and questions many common beliefs about elderly women, particularly that female old age was a time of poverty and want. An important book for students of history and sociology alike.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Strategies of poor aged women and widows in sixteenthcentury London
13
2 Who most needs to marry? Ageing and inequality among women and men in early modern Norwich
31
3 Old age and menopause in rural women of early modern Suffolk
43
Old age in the diary of Lady Sarah Cowper 16441720
66
the lifecycle of single women in early modern England
89
6 The old womans home in eighteenthcentury England
111
7 The residence patterns of elderly English women in comparative perspective
139
8 Old and incapable? Louisa Twining and elderly women in Victorian Britain
166
older women in the twentiethcentury countryside
186
10 Old women in twentiethcentury Britain
207
Older women in Britain since 1500
232
Index
239
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