The Family in Early Modern England

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Overview

This is the first single volume in recent years to provide an overview and assessment of the most important research that has been published on the English family in the past three decades. Some of the most distinguished historians of family life, together with a new generation of historians working in the field, present previously unpublished archival research to shed new light on family ideals and experiences in the early modern period. Contributions to this volume interrogate the definitions and meanings of the term 'family' in the past, showing how the family was a locus for power and authority, as well as personal or subjective identity, and exploring how expectations as well as realities of family behaviour could be shaped by ideas of childhood, youth, adulthood and old age. This pioneering collection of essays will appeal to scholars of early modern British history, social history, family history and gender studies.
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"...as a rounded treatment of some major themes and findings that point to where we now stand and what more might be gained, it is an important and illuminating collection, skillfully and thoughtfully implemented. It attests to the continued vigor of family cum gender history, and would benefit students and scholars working on family, gender, and the social history of Britain, the continent, or elsewhere." -H-Albion, Ilana Krausman Ben-Amos

"This exemplary volume serves as a provocative challenge to the vision of family constructed by Stone over three decades ago. It is important reading for anyone interested in early modern English familie and is an essential addition to university and college libraries." -Michelle White, The Historian

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521858762
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/30/2007
  • Pages: 269
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Berry is Senior Lecturer in History at the School of Historical Studies, University of Newcastle. Her previous publications include Gender, Society and Print Culture in Late-Stuart England (2003) and, with Jeremy Gregory, Creating and Consuming Culture in North-East England, 1660-1830 (2004).

Elizabeth Foyster is Lecturer in History and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. She is the author of Manhood in Early Modern England: Honour, Sex and Marriage (1999) and Marital Violence: An English Family History 1660-1857 (2005).

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Table of Contents

Preface   Helen Berry   Elizabeth Foyster     vii
Notes on contributors     ix
Anthony Fletcher   R. I. Moore     xi
Introduction   Helen Berry   Elizabeth Foyster     1
Marriage, separation and the common law in England, 1540-1660   Tim Stretton     18
Republican reformation: Family, community and the state in Interregnum Middlesex, 1649-60   Bernard Capp     40
Keeping it in the family: Crime and the early modern household   Garthine Walker     67
Faces in the crowd: Gender and age in the early modern English crowd   John Walter     96
'Without the cry of any neighbours': A Cumbrian family and the poor law authorities, c. 1690-1730   Steve Hindle     126
Childless men in early modern England   Helen Berry   Elizabeth Foyster     158
Aristocratic women and ideas of family in the early eighteenth century   Ingrid Tague     184
Reassessing parenting in eighteenth-century England   Joanne Bailey     209
Select bibliography     233
Index     241
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