A History of Women in Ireland, 1500-1800
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The first general survey of the history of women in early modern Ireland. Based on an impressive range of source material, it presents the results of original research into womens lives and experiences in Ireland from 1500 to 1800. This was a time of considerable change in Ireland as English colonisation, religious reform and urbanisation transformed society on the island. Gaelic society based on dynastic lordships and Brehon Law gave way to an anglicised and centralised form of government and an English legal system.
PART I POLITICS
1. Marriage, Lordship and Politics, c.1500-1692
2. Politics, Patriotism and the Public Sphere: Women and Politics, 1690-1800
PART II THE ECONOMY
3. Portions, Property And Home: Women And The Economy, 1500-1696
4. Women and Economic Opportunities in Eighteenth Century IrelandPart III Religion and Education
5. Women and Religious Change, 1500-1690Chapter
6. Charity, Cathecising and Convents: Women and Religious Institutions, 1690-1800
7, Reading, Writing and Intellectual InterestsPart IV Ideas
8. Ideas About WomenConclusion
- An original analysis based on primary research into many different aspects of womens lives in Ireland
- Documents womens role in key events such as the Ulster plantation, the 1641 rising and the 1798 rebellion
- Assesses the attitude of the Catholic and protestant churches to women
- Colonisation brought English and Scottish settlers to Ireland while urbanisation revolutionised the Irish economy, this book looks at the contrasting roles and status of women in the new as well as the old communities of early modern Ireland
- Explores the engagement of women with some of the key changes of eighteenth century Ireland: the booming economy, patriot politics and emergence of the Volunteers and later the United Irishmen
Dr O'Dowd is one the editors of 'Women in Early Modern Ireland' - a collection of essays published by Edinburgh University Press in 1991.
'Mary O'Dowd has given us a long overdue and valuable look at the lives of women in early modern Ireland...
...O'Dowd does students an equal service by making her work accessible and by her careful articulation of both problems and approaches faced by historians of Ireland'
L.A. Botelho, H-Net Reviews Online, May 2006
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