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Author Fox, Sarah.

Title Giving birth in eighteenth-century England / Sarah Fox

Imprint London : University of London Press 2022.


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 Axe JSTOR Open Ebooks  Electronic Book    ---  Available
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 239 pages)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Summary This fascinating new book radically rewrites all that we know about eighteenth-century childbirth by placing women's voices at the centre of the story. From quickening through to confinement, giving caudle, delivery and lying-in, birth was once a complex ritual that involved entire communities. Drawing on an extensive and under-researched body of materials, such as letters, diaries and recipe books, this book offers critical new perspectives on the history of the family and community. It explores the rituals of childbirth, from birthing clothing to the foods traditionally eaten before and after birth, and also how a woman's relationship with her family, husband, friends and neighbours changed during pregnancy and beyond. In this important and deeply moving study, we are invited on a detailed and emotive journey through motherhood in an age of immense intellectual and sociocultural change.
Subject Childbirth -- England -- History -- 18th century.
Chronological Term 1700-1799
Genre/Form History
Other Form: Print version: 1914477065 9781914477065 1914477057 9781914477058 (OCoLC)1276932736
ISBN 9781914477072 (electronic bk.)
1914477073 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. AU@ 000074010799

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