Women's Agency in Early Modern Britain and the American Colonies: Patriarchy, partnership and patronage

O'Day, Rosemary (2007). Women's Agency in Early Modern Britain and the American Colonies: Patriarchy, partnership and patronage. Themes in Social History. London, UK: Pearson/Longman.

Abstract

This general monograph is a full and comprehensive demonstration of what early modern historians mean by the word agency when referring to women's lives in early modern England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the 13 original North American colonies. In brief it contends that strong women were not the exception in early modern Britain but the norm and that colonial women were not treading new ground when they acted independently but were rather building upon a pattern they had imported from the Old World. While providing an overview of current work it is soundly based on a wide range of original sources, both printed and unprinted.

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