This chapter considers how women’s lives in early-modern Europe were shaped by their interactions with materiality. It analyses how early-modern women engaged in processes of creation, production, exchange, consumption and display of material objects in particular spaces. Gender affected not only the location and life stage of the majority of elite women’s creative work but potentially obscured particularly their productive labour as wives. Elite women were important creators of material culture, whose opportunities differed markedly from those of men of their class. The chapter explores three key modes of engagement of early-modern women with materiality, through female production, transmission and consumption of material culture. The particular forms of material culture that women could create as a result also functioned to define them both as individuals and as a sex, binding the production of women and materiality together in a dynamic co-constitutive process.
|Title of host publication||The Routledge History of Women in Early Modern Europe|
|Editors||Amanda L. Capern|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|