The Ends of Life: Roads to Fulfillment in Early Modern England by Keith Thomas | 9780199580835 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
The Ends of Life: Roads to Fulfillment in Early Modern England

The Ends of Life: Roads to Fulfillment in Early Modern England

by Keith Thomas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199580839

ISBN-13: 9780199580835

Pub. Date: 04/29/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

That question was no less urgent for English men and women who lived between the early sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries than for this book's readers.

Keith Thomas's masterly exploration of the ways in which people sought to lead fulfilling lives in the period between the beginning of the Reformation and the heyday of the Enlightenment illuminates the

Overview

That question was no less urgent for English men and women who lived between the early sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries than for this book's readers.

Keith Thomas's masterly exploration of the ways in which people sought to lead fulfilling lives in the period between the beginning of the Reformation and the heyday of the Enlightenment illuminates the central values of the age, while casting incidental light on some of the perennial problems of human existence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199580835
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/29/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,243,333
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates xvii

List of Figures xviii

Introduction 1

1 Fulfilment in an Age of Limited Possibilities 8

The Idea of Fulfilment 8

The Constraints of the Age 13

New Aspirations 29

Individuality 37

2 Military Prowess 44

Arms and The Man 44

The Waning of the Military Ideal 62

Appendix: Monarchs and Military Prowess 76

3 Work and Vocation 78

The Primal Curse? 78

The Rewards of Labour 91

4 Wealth and Possessions 110

Goods and the Social Order 110

Possessions and their Meaning 119

From Hostility to Acceptance 132

Wealth as Fulfilment? 142

5 Honour and Reputation 147

Precedence and Superiority 147

Aristocratic Honour 154

The Honour of the People 160

Credit and Shame 174

The Decline of Honour? 179

6 Friendship and Sociability 187

The Idea of Friendship 187

Male and Female Friends 198

Marriage and Children 214

Sociability 220

7 Fame and The Afterlife 226

Heaven and Hell 226

Posthumous Fame 235

The Quest for Immortality 252

Inexorable Oblivion? 262

Note on References 269

Abbreviations 270

Notes 273

Index 369

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