This article begins with a discussion of the credit activities of women in early modern England in general, before moving to look more specifically at those of never-married women, through examination of a sample of 323 never-married women's probate inventories from the diocese of Lincoln between 1547 and 1700. A further sample of 1024 male wills from the same diocese in which testators left bequests to one or more daughters from the late sixteenth century. The article considers what might have been driving increased levels of formal lending from the early seventeenth century, and what the impact of that lending might have been on the local economy and on the never-married women involved.
Spicksley, J. M. (2018). Never-married women and credit in early modern England. In Women and credit in pre-industrial Europe (227-252). Brepols Publishers. https://doi.org/10.1484/m.eer-eb.5.115755