Daily Life in Stuart England (Daily Life Through History Series)

Daily Life in Stuart England (Daily Life Through History Series)

by Jeffrey L. Forgeng
     
 

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England witnessed an overall rising standard of living in the seventeenth century. Still very much an agrarian society, approximately 80% of the population lived in rural settlements, and even citydwellers were in walking distance of farmland. However, as the the century came to an end a growing proportion of the population was living in urban areas. London in

Overview

England witnessed an overall rising standard of living in the seventeenth century. Still very much an agrarian society, approximately 80% of the population lived in rural settlements, and even citydwellers were in walking distance of farmland. However, as the the century came to an end a growing proportion of the population was living in urban areas. London in particular grew from some 200,000 people in 1600 to 575,000 by 1700 and went from being the 3rd largest city in Europe to the largest. Homes were larger than previously and the wealth of a family could be determined by how many fireplaces were in the home. Clothing was another important facet of Stuart culture and not only protected the wearer against the elements but was a statement of their position in society. Clothing and homes weren't the only marker of social status, even sports and games were often divided along class lines - many in the lower classes played football while the upper-classes were consumed with billiards. Forgeng brings life in Stuart England alive for students and general readers alike. Chapters devoted to the course of life and cycles of time; the living environment; clothing and accoutrements; food and drink; and entertainments detail the day-to-day lives of those living in Stuart England; while the role of women; religion; science and technology; the military; and trade and economy are also explored.

Greenwood's Daily Life through History series looks at the everyday lives of common people. This book will illuminate the lives of those living in Stuart England and provide a basis for further research. Black and white photographs, maps and charts are interspersed throughout the text to assist readers. Reference features include a timeline of historic events, sources for further reading, glossary of terms, bibliography and index.

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From the Publisher
"A curator at Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, Massachusetts, Forgeng describes life in England during the 17th century, during which historians generally place the tilt from medieval to modern society. He considers such aspects as society and government, households and the life cycles, material life, country and city life, food, and entertainments." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313324505
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2007
Series:
Greenwood Press Daily Life Through History Series
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

JEFFREY FORGENG is Paul S. Morgan Curator at Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester, MA.

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