Origins of Women’s Equality in the Seventeenth Century. The Role of London, a Big City, in Changing Attitudes

Author: Goldsmith, Netta
Year:2016
Pages:412
ISBN:1-4955-0474-3
978-1-4955-0474-7
Price:259.95
For about a hundred years after Charles II reclaimed the throne in 1660 more women than ever before strove to live as independently as men did…the most spectacular bid for freedom was made by girls who became soldiers and sailors…another factor which enabled a women to earn money and gain a measure of liberty and independence was the growth of London…The Restoration saw the beginning of the movement to establish sexual equality. The Author's Overture

Table of Contents

Overture
Part I: Women Who Became Soldiers and Sailors
Part II: The Town

Women in Trade: Skilled and Unskilled Workers
The Professions
Actresses
-Mary “Moll” Davis (1651?-1708)
-Eleanor “Nell” Gwyn (1651?-1687)
-Charlotte Charke (1713-1760)
Part III: The Arts
Music
-Maria Hester Park nee Reynolds (1760-1813)
-Mrs. Philharmonica
-Mary Dering (1629-1740)
Painting and Sculpture
-Mary Beale (1632-1699)
-Mary Moser (1742-1819)
-Mary Cosway née Hadfield (1760-1838)
-Anne Seymour Damer nee Conway (1749-1828)
Poetry
-Anne Finch Countess of Winchelsea (1661-1720)
-Mary Leapor (1722-46)
Prose
-Laetitia Pilkington (ca. 1709-1750)
-Mrs Delariviere Manley (ca. 1670-1724)
-Aphra Behn (1640-1689)
Part IV: The Court
-Calisto, A Restoration Fable
-The Two Princesses
-Anne Lennard and the Fugitive Duchess
-Margaret Blagge: Sacred and Profane Love
-Mary Mordaunt: Marital Warfare
-Henrietta Wentworth: The Marriage Made in Heaven
-Sarah Churchill
Conclusion
Selected Bibliography
Index