Women And Ageing In British Society Since 1500

Author: Lynn Botelho
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131788115X
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Women And Ageing In British Society Since 1500 from the Author: Lynn Botelho. Women have always made up the majority of older people: this examination of the lives of elderly women in Britain in the period 1500 to the present reveals attitudes towards the ageing process. It sheds light on household structures as well as wider issues - including the history of the family, the process of industrialisation, the poor law, and welfare provision - and questions many common beliefs about elderly women, particularly that female old age was a time of poverty and want. An important book for students of history and sociology alike.

Wrinkled Deep In Time

Author: Maurice Charney
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231520891
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Wrinkled Deep In Time from the Author: Maurice Charney. Shakespeare was acutely aware of our intimate struggles with aging. His dramatic characters either prosper or suffer according to their relationship with maturity, and his sonnets eloquently explore time's ravaging effects. "Wrinkled deep in time" is how the queen describes herself in Antony and Cleopatra, and at the end of King Lear, there is a tragic sense that both the king and Gloucester have acquired a wisdom they otherwise lacked at the beginning of the play. Even Juliet matures considerably before she drinks Friar Lawrence's potion, and Macbeth and his wife prematurely grow old from their murderous schemes. Drawing on historical documents and the dramatist's own complex depictions, Maurice Charney conducts an original investigation into patterns of aging in Shakespeare, exploring the fulfillment or distress of Shakespeare's characters in combination with their mental and physical decline. Comparing the characterizations of elderly kings and queens, older lovers, patriarchal men, matriarchal women, and the senex& mdash;the stereotypical old man of Roman comedy& mdash;with the history of life expectancy in Shakespeare's England, Charney uncovers similarities and differences between our contemporary attitudes toward aging and aging as it was understood more than four hundred years ago. From this dynamic examination, a new perspective on Shakespeare emerges, one that celebrates and deepens our knowledge of his subtler themes and characters.

The Decline Of Life

Author: Susannah R. Ottaway
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139451642
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The Decline Of Life from the Author: Susannah R. Ottaway. The Decline of Life is an ambitious and absorbing study of old age in eighteenth-century England. Drawing on a wealth of sources - literature, correspondence, poor house and workhouse documents and diaries - Susannah Ottaway considers a wide range of experiences and expectations of age in the period, and demonstrates that the central concern of ageing individuals was to continue to live as independently as possible into their last days. Ageing men and women stayed closely connected to their families and communities, in relationships characterized by mutual support and reciprocal obligations. Despite these aspects of continuity, however, older individuals' ability to maintain their autonomy, and the nature of the support available to them once they did fall into necessity declined significantly in the last decades of the century. As a result, old age was increasingly marginalized. Historical demographers, historical gerontologists, sociologists, social historians and women's historians will find this book essential reading.

Unquiet Lives

Author: Joanne Bailey
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781139439930
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Unquiet Lives from the Author: Joanne Bailey. Based on vivid court records and newspaper advertisements, this 2003 book is a pioneering account of the expectations and experiences of married life among the middle and labouring ranks in the long eighteenth century. Its original methodology draws attention to the material life of marriage, which has long been dominated by theories of emotional shifts or fashionable accounts of spouses' gendered, oppositional lives. Thus it challenges preconceptions about authority in the household, by showing the extent to which husbands depended upon their wives' vital economic activities: household management and child care. Not only did this forge co-dependency between spouses, it undermined men's autonomy. The power balance within marriage is further revised by evidence that the sexual double standard was not rigidly applied in everyday life. The book also shows that ideas about adultery and domestic violence evolved in the eighteenth century, influenced by new models of masculinity and femininity.

Protesting About Pauperism

Author: Elizabeth T. Hurren
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
ISBN: 0861932927
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Protesting About Pauperism from the Author: Elizabeth T. Hurren. The consequences of extreme poverty were a grim reality for all too many people in Victorian England. The various poor laws implemented to try to deal with it contained a number of controversial measures, one of the most radical and unpopular being the crusade against outdoor relief, during which central government sought to halt all welfare payments at home. Via a close case study of Brixworth union in Northamptonshire, which offers an unusually rich corpus of primary material and evidence, the author looks at what happened to those impoverished men and women who struggled to live independently in a world-without-welfare outside the workhouse. She retraces the experiences of elderly paupers evicted from almshouses, of the children of the aged poor prosecuted for parental maintenance, of dying paupers who were refused medical care in their homes, and of women begging for funeral costs in as attempt to prevent the bodies of their loved ones being taken for dissection by anatomists. She then shows how increasing democratisation gave the labouring poor the means to win control of the poor law. ELIZABETH T. HURREN is Senior Lecturer in the History of Medicine, Oxford Brookes University, Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, Past and Present.

Power And Poverty

Author: Susannah R. Ottaway
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
ISBN: 9780313311284
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Power And Poverty from the Author: Susannah R. Ottaway. Brings to light exciting new research on the history of old age demonstrating many ways in which advanced age was associated with authority in the pre-industrial past, challenging existing literature's focus on the dependence and disability of older people who lived in the period.

Old Age In The Middle Ages And The Renaissance

Author: Albrecht Classen
Publisher: De Gruyter
ISBN: 9783110195484
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Old Age In The Middle Ages And The Renaissance from the Author: Albrecht Classen. This volume treats old age and old people as reflected in medieval and early modern literature, historical documents, and visual products, offering innovative perspectives, examining hitherto neglected texts and art works, and taking stock of previous research. With this volume Old Age Studies pertaining to the Middle Ages and the early modern world can claim to have established a solid scholarly profile, adding new layers of meaning in our investigation of the culture and history of premodern mentality.

A History Of Old Age

Author: Pat Thane
Publisher: J Paul Getty Museum Publications
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A History Of Old Age from the Author: Pat Thane. Seven contributors examine how the best thinkers and artists of each historical epoch in the West have treated old age. Full of surprising and fascinating facts, this is an uplifting companion for those who, like it or not, are beginning to understand the inevitability of their own aging process.

Reader S Guide To British History

Author: D. M. Loades
Publisher: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers
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Reader S Guide To British History from the Author: D. M. Loades. "A masterful attempt to describe the historical secondary literature of the British Isles -- from prehistory to the present day -- the set is comprised of substantial essays of 1,000 to 3,000 words each on a wide array of subjects -- all written by pre-eminent scholars in language accessible to beginning students and advanced researchers. Each listed essay title is given a thorough annotation."--"The Top 20 Reference Titles of the Year," American Libraries, May 2004.

Women In Ireland

Author: Myrtle Hill
Publisher: Blackstaff Press
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Women In Ireland from the Author: Myrtle Hill. A history of women's roles in the events of the 20th century in Ireland.