Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales

Edited by Michael Roberts and Simone Clarke

Edited by Michael Roberts and Simone Clarke

Distributed for University of Wales Press

320 pages | © 2000
Paper $29.95 ISBN: 9780708315507 Published March 2000 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Traditionally, the narratives of Welsh history have been masculine in their emphasis. Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales helps to redress the balance as it examines the material, social and cultural experiences of women in Wales and explores how those experiences were defined alongside or against those of men. It is the first book devoted to the lives of women in Wales during the period from the alter middle ages to the eve of the industrial revolution, and the first study to deal with the history of shifting gender identities in Wales in any period.


Michael Roberts and Simone Clarke have brought together an exciting team of authors to examine the character and evolution of male and female identities in the early modern period. Issues addressed include female contributions to the poetic tradition, attitudes towards witchcraft and female abduction, the role of women in the emerging Nonconformist movements, the changing political and social responsibilities of men following the Acts of Union, and an exploration of women’s experiences as presented in a range of sources from the records of the law courts to the work of the embroiderer.


Women and Gender in Early Modern Wales is a pioneering yet accessible volume which not only has wide-ranging and important implications for early modern Welsh historiography, but also provides the basis for the comparative study of gendered experience in this period, both in the British Isles and beyond.

List of Illustrations
List of Tables and Figures
Notes on Contributors
List of Abbreviations
Introduction, by Michael Roberts
1.   Towards a History of Women in Late Medieval Wales
       Llinos Beverly Smith
2.   'Strange Kind of Stealing;' Abduction in Early Modern Wales
       Garthine Walker
3.    Witchcraft Dynamics in Early Modern Wales
       Richard Suggett
4.   'Taking up her Daily Cross;' Women and the Early Quaker Movement in Wales, 1653-1689
       Richard Allen
5.   Women and Strict-Metre Poetry in Wales
       Nia Powell
6.   'The Silver Hand': Needlework in Early Modern Wales
       Ruth Geuter
7.   Spinsters were Doing it for Themselves: Independence and the Single Woman in Early Eighteenth-Century Rural Wales
      Lesley Davison
8.   Women, Religion and Education in Eighteenth-Century Wales
       Eryn M. White
9.   Visions of Community: Elizabeth Baker and Late Eighteenth-Century Merioneth
       Simone Clarke
10.  'More Prone to be Idle and Riotous than the English'? Attitudes to Male Behaviour in Early Modern Wales
       Michael Roberts
11.  Guide to Sources and Further Reading
       Simone Clarke and Michael Roberts
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