The Early Modern Commons

Women's Work in Rural England, 1500-1700

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Court Depositions of South West England, 1500-1700: A Digital Resource

8 January 2019

Charmian Mansell Last month, the Women’s Work team celebrated the launch of our new digital edition of Quarter Sessions and Church Court depositions (you can find it here).During...

The Project’s Findings: What work did women and men do in early modern England?

9 March 2018

Jane Whittle The project blog has been quiet for a while – I’ve been working away on a series of articles from the project, Mark has taken up a lectureship in History at...

Sickles, Scythes and Slaughter: Images of Work in Books of Hours

13 June 2017

Jane Whittle Late medieval books of hours provide a wealth of attractive illustrations, apparently of ordinary people going about their work across the agricultural year. Conventionally,...

Workers of the Week: ‘Ploughmen go whistling to their toils’

10 March 2017

Mark Hailwood Our ‘Women’s Work’ project is at an exciting juncture: we have just reached the end of the data entry phase and attention now turns to the analysis and...