No Mere Shadows: Faces of Widowhood in Early Colonial Mexico

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    Three generations of women in one family are the characters in this intimate historical study of what it meant to be a widow in sixteenth-century Mexico City. Shirley Cushing Flint has used archival research to tell the stories of five women in the Estrada family-a mother, three daughters and a granddaughter-from the time of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in 1520 until the 1580s. Each was once married and when widowed chose not to remarry. Their stories illustrate the constraints placed upon them both as women and as widows by the religious, secular and legal cultures of the time and how each refused to be bound by those constraints. Money, influence, knowledge and connections all come into play as the widows manoeuvre to hold onto property. Each of their stories illustrates an aspect of Spanish life in the New World that has heretofore been largely overlooked.

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    Number of Pages: 208
    Format(s): Hardback - ISBN: 9780826353115
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    Listed in: History of the Americas, Women, Hispanic & Latino studies, Family & relationships
    Publisher: University of New Mexico Press

    Books by Shirley Cushing Flint

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