Early Modern History: Society and Culture

Infertility in Early Modern England

Authors: Oren-Magidor, Daphna

  • Assesses the experiences of people with fertility issues in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England​Demonstrates the centrality of religion to understanding of infertility in Early Modern England
  • Exposes the challenges that infertility posed to gender and social norms
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This book explores the experiences of people who struggled with fertility problems in sixteenth and seventeenth-century England. Motherhood was central to early modern women’s identity and was even seen as their path to salvation. To a lesser extent, fatherhood played an important role in constructing proper masculinity. When childbearing failed this was seen not only as a medical problem but as a personal emotional crisis. Infertility in Early Modern England highlights the experiences of early modern infertile couples: their desire for children, the social stigmas they faced, and the ways that social structures and religious beliefs gave meaning to infertility. It also describes the methods of treating fertility problems, from home-remedies to water cures. Offering a multi-faceted view, the book demonstrates the centrality of religion to every aspect of early modern infertility, from understanding to treatment. It also highlights the ways in which infertility unsettled the social order by placing into question the gendered categories of femininity and masculinity.

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Daphna Oren-Magidor is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, where she is working on the histories of gender, sexuality, medicine and the family in Early Modern England.

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eBook £56.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Infertility in Early Modern England
Authors
Series Title
Early Modern History: Society and Culture
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47668-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-47668-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47667-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 196
Number of Illustrations and Tables
5 illustrations in colour
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