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Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial Europe

E. M. Dermineur (ed.)
approx. 400 p., 14 b/w ill., 32 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57052-5
Languages: English
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Explores a variety of perspectives on women’s participation and experiences in credit markets in early modern Europe

This collection of essays compares and discusses women’s participation and experiences in credit markets in early modern Europe, and highlights the characteristics, common mechanisms, similarities, discrepancies, and differences across various regions in Europe in different time periods, and at all levels of society. The essays focus on the role of women as creditors and debtors (a topic largely ignored in traditional historiography), but also and above all on the development of their roles across time. Were women able to enter the credit market, and if so, how and in what proportion? What was then the meaning of their involvement in this market? What did their involvement mean for the community and for their household? Was credit a vector of female emancipation and empowerment? What were the changes that occurred for them in the transition to capitalism? These essays offer a variety of perspectives on women’s roles in the credit markets of early modern Europe in order to outline and answer these questions as well as analysing and exploring the nature of women, money, credit, and debt in a pre-industrial Europe.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Acknowledgements

Introduction — ELISE M. DERMINEUR

High Finance: Women and Staple Credit in England, 1353-1532 — RICHARD GODDARD

Women, Attorneys, and Credit in Late Medieval England — MATTHEW FRANK STEVENS

Creditworthy Women and Town Courts in Late Medieval England — TERESA PHIPPS

The Ages of Women and Men, Age-Specific Investment Behaviour in the Late Fifteenth Century Low Countries — JACO ZUIJDERDUIJN

Providing Security: Swedish Women in Early Modern Credit Networks — MARIA ÅGREN

Women, Land, and Credit in the Long Seventeenth Century in Southern England — JULIET GAYTON

Women as Creditors, Debtors, and Brokers: The Informal Economy of Credit of Seventeenth-Century Venice — JAMES SHAW

Gold, Ink… and Tears? Women and Credit in Pre-Industrial Germany — EVE ROSENHAFT

Single Women and Credit in Early Modern England — JUDITH SPICKSLEY

Credit, Strategies, and Female Empowerment in Eighteenth-Century France — ELISE M. DERMINEUR

Women and Money: Credit, Debt, and Status in the Eighteenth-Century London Court of Exchequer — MARGARET HUNT

Women, Small Credit, and Community. Barcelona in the Eighteenth-Century — MONTSERRAT CARBONELL ESTELLER

Women and Credit in Santiago de Compostela at the End of the Old Regime (1770-1805) — FRANCISCO CEBREIRO ARES

Concluding Remarks — LAURENCE FONTAINE

Index

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Social & economic history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Women's & gender studies
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Modern History (1501 to the present)
Early modern history (1501-1800) : main subdisciplines
Social & economic history
Early modern history (1501-1800) : genres & specific topics
Women's & gender studies
Early modern European history (1501-1800) : local & regional history

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