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Spinsters with land in early modern England: inheritance, possession and use (2019)
Book Chapter
Spicksley, J. (2019). Spinsters with land in early modern England: inheritance, possession and use. In A. L. Capern, B. McDonagh, & J. Aston (Eds.), Women and the Land 1500-1900 (51-76). Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781787445208.003

This chapter offers an analysis of the land that was held by spinsters in England from the mid-sixteenth to the end of the seventeenth century. Although our knowledge of landholding by women is increasing, there is little published work on the amount... Read More about Spinsters with land in early modern England: inheritance, possession and use.

Visions of monarchy and magistracy in women’s political writing, 1640– 80 (2018)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2018). Visions of monarchy and magistracy in women’s political writing, 1640– 80. In J. Clare (Ed.), From republic to restoration: legacies and departures (102-123). Manchester: Manchester University Press. https://doi.org/10.7765/9781526107510.00012

This chapter analyses early-modern English women writers and the number and patterns of their publication of religious and secular texts between 1640 and 1680. The chapter’s focus is on the impact of the English Civil War and Cromwellian Republic on... Read More about Visions of monarchy and magistracy in women’s political writing, 1640– 80.

Mary Hays and the Imagined Female Communities of Early Modern Europe (2017)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. (2017). Mary Hays and the Imagined Female Communities of Early Modern Europe. In G. L. Walker (Ed.), The Invention of Female Biography (174-198). Abingdon: Routledge

This research essay is appears in a collection of essays written by the subject-expert sub-editors who worked on a three year research project with a team in New York under PI Gina Luria Walker to produce a modern multi-volume edition of Mary Hay, Fe... Read More about Mary Hays and the Imagined Female Communities of Early Modern Europe.

Jane Lead and the tradition of puritan pastoral theology (2016)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2016). Jane Lead and the tradition of puritan pastoral theology. In A. Hessayon (Ed.), Jane Lead and her Transnational Legacy (91-117). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-39614-3_5

Capern argues that Jane Lead and the Philadelphians were part of a continuous, evolutionary tradition of transatlantic radical Calvinist Protestantism. Jane Lead’s works are compared with those of Eleanor Davies to suggest that the pastoral imperativ... Read More about Jane Lead and the tradition of puritan pastoral theology.

Emotions, gender expectations and the social role of Chancery, 1550-1650 (2015)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2015). Emotions, gender expectations and the social role of Chancery, 1550-1650. In S. Broomhall (Ed.), Authority, Gender and Emotions in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (187-209). London: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137531162_11

Chancery was a court that became infamous for provoking anger, contempt, distrust, and disgust, even loathing and rage, two basic emotions that feature right at the centre of Robert Plutchik’s three-dimensional emotions wheel. Chancery never became w... Read More about Emotions, gender expectations and the social role of Chancery, 1550-1650.

Rumour and reputation in the early modern English family (2015)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2015). Rumour and reputation in the early modern English family. In C. Walker, & H. Kerr (Eds.), 'Fama' and her sisters: Gossip and rumour in Early Modern Europe (85-113). Brepols. https://doi.org/10.1484/M.EER-EB.4.00081

This article explores the role of rumour, or the hearsay and gossip that circulated in a community, in eroding or maintaining reputations within and across families; it considers the nature of gossip, including the way it carried gender connotations,... Read More about Rumour and reputation in the early modern English family.

Eleanor Davies and the New Jerusalem (2014)
Book Chapter
Capern, A. L. (2014). Eleanor Davies and the New Jerusalem. In J. A. Chappell, & K. A. Kramer (Eds.), Women during the English Reformations: Renegotiating Gender and Religious Identity (91-114). New York: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137465672_6

Eleanor Davies was a great believer in historical moments. In her first work—A Warning to the Dragon and All His Angels of 1625-she told readers that “The Lord is at the Dore.”1 This immanence of God made her watchful and purposeful, reading the sign... Read More about Eleanor Davies and the New Jerusalem.

Adultery and impotence as literary spectacle in the divorce debates and tracts of the long eighteenth century
Book Chapter
Capern, A. Adultery and impotence as literary spectacle in the divorce debates and tracts of the long eighteenth century.

Abstract This essay will examine the origins and emergence of the crisis that engulfed the propertied classes from the late seventeenth century onwards through an analysis of the early legal debates about matrimonial separation and the later bawdy pa... Read More about Adultery and impotence as literary spectacle in the divorce debates and tracts of the long eighteenth century.