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Single Life and the City 1200-1900

Single Life and the City 1200-1900 by Julie De Groot
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Today, singleness is often represented as a new and increasingly popular lifestyle, particularly in the city. However, single people crowded European towns from the late middle ages onward. This book discusses the living conditions of women and men living without a spouse in cities in western Europe, and reflects on differences and similarities in the past. Throughout the volume, singles' lives are examined via a continuum of lenses ranging from labour and social activities to living arrangements and material culture. The collection provides some of the first comparisons of single men and women and sheds light on new groups of single women, such as beguines, prostitutes and heads of households. Not only do the singles portrayed in this book emphasize the diversity of their experiences, they also call stereotypes into question. By providing fresh approaches and evidence to the study of singles in the urban past, the authors assembled here move the field forward and profitably expand the lens of marital status.

Palgrave Macmillan; July 2015
277 pages; ISBN 9781137406408
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Title: Single Life and the City 1200-1900
Author: Julie De Groot; Isabelle Devos; Ariadne Schmidt
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