Women, property, and the letters of the law in early modern England

Nancy E. Wright, Margaret W. Ferguson, A. R. Buck

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Women, Property, and the Letters of the Law in Early Modern Englandexamines the competing narratives of property told by and about women in the early modern period. Through letters, legal treatises, case law, wills, and works of literature, the contributors explore women’s complex roles as subjects and agents in commercial and domestic economies, and as objects shaped by a network of social and legal relationships. By constructing conversations across the disciplinary boundaries of legal and social history, sociology and literary criticism, the collection explores a diverse range of women’s property relationships. Recent research has revealed fissures in our knowledge about women’s property relationships within a regime characterized by competing jurisdictions, diverse systems of tenure, and multiple concepts of property. Women, Property, and the Letters of the Law in Early Modern Englandturns to these points of departure for the study of women’s legal status and property relationships in the early modern period. This interdisciplinary analysis of women and property is written in an accessible manner and will become a valuable resource for scholars and students of Renaissance, Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, early modern social and legal history, and women’s studies.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationToronto ; Buffalo
PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
Number of pages316
ISBN (Electronic)9781442683600
ISBN (Print)9780802087577, 0802087574
Publication statusPublished - 2004


  • English literature--Early modern, 1500-1700--History and criticism
  • Women and literature--England--History--16th century
  • Property in literature
  • Law in literature
  • Women and literature--England--History--17th century
  • Women and literature--England--History--18th century
  • Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--England--History
  • Women--England--History--Modern period, 1600-
  • Law and literature--History--16th century
  • Law and literature--History--17th century
  • Law and literature--History--18th century
  • Right of property--England--History

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