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This index presents a list of names, terms and concepts that occur in the book on Widowhood in early modern Spain : protectors, proprietors, and patrons . The entries are arranged in alphabetical order from A to X. This study analyzes tensions and contradictions produced by the interplay of patriarchal norms and the realities of widows daily lives to demonstrate that in Castile patriarchy did not exist as a monolithic force, which rigidly enforced an ideology of female incapacity. The extensive analysis of archival documents shows widows actively engaged in their families and communities, confounding images of their reclusion and silence.

Keywords: early modern Spain; Widowhood



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