Women and Authority in Early Modern Spain: The Peasants of Galicia

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Acknowledgements

When I reflect back over the past seven years, I am struck by the generosity of the many people who helped bring this work to fruition. I hope that I have done justice to the insightful comments of those who read versions of the manuscript, including Katherine French, Elizabeth Lehfeldt, Monica Chojnacka, Mary Elizabeth Perry, Sara T. Nalle, and Alison Weber. I appreciate the time and energy that they spent, and their ideas helped me bring depth and breadth to Galegas’ lives. Many other people helped me fill in missing details or patiently consulted with me on specific issues, among them Merry Wiesner, Marta Vicente, James Amelang, James D’Emilio, Carla Rahn Phillips, Kristin Valentine, Angela Pitts, Karen Winstead, and Jean Ann Dabb. Katherine French is my closest friend and collaborator. She was a continual source of ideas and emotional support. My heartfelt thanks and apologies go out to anyone whom I have not named. I appreciate their expertise none the less.

I want to acknowledge the institutions that made this book possible. My trips to the archives in Spain were financed by a number of Faculty Development Grants from the University of Mary Washington. In 2000–1, I received a Fellowship for College Teachers and Independent Scholars from the National Endowment for the Humanities that allowed me to take a year off from my teaching and dedicate myself to writing and thinking about Spanish peasant women. During that year, David Carrico Wood and Elizabeth Ferry became great friends and colleagues, reading my work and talking Spanish history over great food and wine. In the spring of 2004, I was named a senior fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. I want to thank the faculty, staff, and graduate students associated with the Center for their assistance. The staff at the Center, Lynn Shanko and Tim Alves, made my stay in New Jersey particularly enjoyable. Over the course of the semester, Amy Froide, the other senior fellow at the Center, patiently answered my unremitting barrage of questions about single women.

In 1990, during my first visit to Galicia, I was fortunate enough to meet Aser Angel Fernández Rey and Ana Bande Bande. Since then, they

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Maps and Illustration viii
  • A Note on Currency and Measures ix
  • Introduction- Gendering - Peasant Society 1
  • 1 - Women without Men 22
  • 2 - Single Women and Property 41
  • 3 - Sex and the Single Woman 75
  • 4 - ‘A Married Man Is a Woman’- Gender Tensions in Galician Marriages 112
  • 5 - Widowhood 163
  • 6 - Modelling Female Authority 193
  • 7 - Beyond Finisterre 228
  • Bibliography 247
  • Index 267
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