Preindustrial 'Single Parent' Families: The Tutelle in Early Modern Dijon
In the preindustrial world, single-parent families were most often created by the death of a spouse. This article examines maternal social authority in the wake of this everyday family crisis and attempts to recover the activities of single mothers and the legal parameters within which they lived in Dijon. The study shows that although tremendous legal restrictions were placed upon the newly widowed “single mother” in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, these women consistently tailored the legal system to maintain lines of authority over their children and property.
Journal of Family History
Corley, Christopher. “Preindustrial ‘Single-Parent’ Families: The Tutelle in Early Modern Dijon.” Journal of Family History 29, no. 4 (October 2004): 351–65. doi:10.1177/0363199004267851.
Publisher's Copyright and Source
Copyright © 2004 Sage Publications. Article published by SAGE in Journal of Family History, Volume 29, Number 4, October 2004, pages 351-365. Available online at https://doi.org/10.1177/0363199004267851.