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Favoured or oppressed? Married women, property and ‘coverture’ in England, 1660–1800.

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In the eighteenth century, the condition of English wives under ‘coverture’ was both defended as one of privilege and attacked as worse than slavery. This article suggests that married women were not in reality confined within coverture’s regulations on credit and property ownership. Their economic activities were fairly broad and flexible and they had an instinctive sense of possession over some goods during wedlock, per...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1017/S0268416002004253

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University of Oxford
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Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Continuity and Change Journal website
Volume:
17
Issue:
3
Publication date:
2002-01-01
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uuid:2e88e3f6-b270-4228-b930-9237c00e739f
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oai:economics.ouls.ox.ac.uk:13127
Language:
English

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