Do women have a history? Did women have a renaissance? These were provocative questions when they were raised in the heyday of women’s studies in the 1970s. But how relevant does gender remain to premodern history in the twenty-first century? This book considers this question in eight new case studies that span the European continent from 1400 to 1800. An introductory essay examines the category of gender in historiography and specifically within premodern historiography, as well as the issue of source material for historians of the period. The eight individual essays seek to examine gender in relation to emerging fields and theoretical considerations, as well as how premodern history contributes to traditional concepts and theories within women’s and gender studies, such as patriarchy.

chapter |9 pages


ByElise M. Dermineur, Åsa Karlsson Sjögren, Virginia Langum

chapter 1|19 pages

Anatomy of Early Modern Patriarchy

ByElise M. Dermineur

chapter 2|23 pages

Gender and the Underground Economy in the Western French Alps 1

ByAnne Montenach

chapter 3|26 pages

Theorizing Crime and Gender in a Long-Term Perspective

ByManon van der Heijden, Ariadne Schmidt

chapter 4|22 pages

Poor Girls’ Schooling and Transitions of Gender and Class 1

ByÅsa Karlsson Sjögren

chapter 5|21 pages

Medicine, Female Mystics and Illness Experience 1

ByVirginia Langum

chapter 6|24 pages

Love and Friendship Between Lower Order Scottish Men

Or What the History of Emotions Has Brought to Early Modern Gender History 1
ByKatie Barclay

chapter 7|24 pages

Making Power

Gender, Materiality, Performativity and Catherine de’ Medici
BySusan Broomhall

chapter 8|18 pages

Gender Performance in Early Modern Religious Life 1

ByRaisa Maria Toivo