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As the first overview of developments leading to Quebec women's suffrage, this book will have broad appeal to Canadian readers interested in their own history, as well as to students and scholars of women's history and political history. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
This monumental study of two generations of women who married either before or after the Patriote rebellions of 1837-1838 explores the meaning of the transition from wife to widowhood in early nineteenth-century Montreal. Bettina Bradbury weaves together the individual biographies of twenty women to offer new insights into the law, politics, demography, religion, and domestic life of the time. She shows how women from all walks of life interacted with and shaped Montreal's culture, customs, and institutions, even as they laboured under the shift ing conditions of patriarchy. Immensely readable, Wife to Widow provides a rare window into the significance of marriage and widowhood during key historical moments in the history of Montreal and Quebec. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xvi, 502 pages) : illustrations, portraits Digital: data file.
Part 1 : Marriage, identity, and the law. 1 Marriage metropole : mobility and marriage in early-nineteenth century Montreal; 2 Companionate patriarchies : money matters and marriage; 3 Marriage trajectories : class, choices, and chance; 4 "Dower this barbarous law" : debating marriage and widows' rights; 5 Imagining widowhood and death : marriage contracts, wills, and funeral provisions.
The diversity of women's lives as wives then as widows negotiating the law, patriarchy, family relationships, and the economy in 19th-century Montreal come alive in this first major study of widows in Canada.