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Women's admission to guilds in Early Modern England: the case of the York merchant tailors', 1693-1776

Smith, S.D. (2005) Women's admission to guilds in Early Modern England: the case of the York merchant tailors', 1693-1776. Gender and History, 17 (1). pp. 99-126. ISSN 0953-5233

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Abstract

The admission of women into the York merchant tailors' is a remarkable episode in the history of post‐medieval guilds. Within England, the York experience was probably exceptional; across Europe more generally, it can be classified as a rare phenomenon. The article analyses male and female merchant tailors and apprentices in order to identify the gender‐specific characteristics of women guild members. It argues that the decision of the York Company to admit women illustrates that guilds could be flexible in their responses to female employment, depending on local conditions, particularly the attitude of the civic corporation. In consequence, generalisations about the relationship between guild regulation and women's work need to be tested against the results of specific case studies.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > History (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 25 May 2009 15:00
Last Modified: 25 May 2009 15:00
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0953-5233.2005.00374.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.0953-5233.2005.00374.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6162

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