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Title
Replacing the family? Beguinages in early modern western European cities: an analysis of the family networks of beguines living in Mechelen (1532-1591)
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Abstract
In many early modern towns of the southern Low Countries, beguinages gave adult single women of all ages the possibility to lead a religious life of contemplation in a secure setting, retaining rights to their property and not having to take permanent vows. This paper re-examines the family networks of these women by means of a micro-study of the wills left by beguines who lived in the Great Beguinage of St Catherine in sixteenth-century Mechelen, a middle-sized city in the Low Countries. By doing so, this research seeks to add nuance to a historiography that has tended to consider beguinages as artificial families, presumably during a period associated with the increasing dominance of the nuclear family and the unravelling ties of extended family.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Continuity and change : a journal of social structure, law and demography in past societies. - Cambridge, 1986, currens
Publication
Cambridge : 2014
ISSN
0268-4160 [print]
1469-218X [online]
Volume/pages
29:3(2014), p. 325-347
ISI
000347467000002
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