The French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century

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Pierre Goubert is perhaps the foremost contemporary historian of the French peasantry, and in this book he synthesises the work of a lifetime to produce a vivid, readable, and uniquely accessible account of rural life in seventeenth-century France. Much of the very latest scholarship is incorporated in Professor Goubert's survey, which examines not only such crucial external relationships as those between peasant and priest, that existed within the peasantry themselves. In clear and uncondescending prose ...

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Overview

Pierre Goubert is perhaps the foremost contemporary historian of the French peasantry, and in this book he synthesises the work of a lifetime to produce a vivid, readable, and uniquely accessible account of rural life in seventeenth-century France. Much of the very latest scholarship is incorporated in Professor Goubert's survey, which examines not only such crucial external relationships as those between peasant and priest, that existed within the peasantry themselves. In clear and uncondescending prose Professor Goubert paints a broad picture of peasant life as it was lived from the cradle to the grave, and depicts above all the multi-faceted variety (whether regional, social, or economic) of pre-modern France. As a further aid to students this English-language edition also contains a new supplementary bibliography.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521260077
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1986
  • Pages: 253
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 A bird's-eye view of the French countryside 1
2 Peasants and the land in the seventeenth century: possession and 'holdings' 23
3 Houses: outside and in 35
4 Birth and survival 44
5 Peasant marriage 60
6 The different types of peasant families 70
7 Daily bread 82
8 Labourers at work 97
9 The well-off and the wealthy: or from the farmer to the tax collector, by way of the money-lender 110
10 Vine-growers 122
11 Peasants-plus: or from the semi-artisan to the semi-shopkeeper, via the schoolmaster and various other figures 135
12 The peasant and his parish priest 148
13 The peasant and his seigneur 166
14 Peasant power 178
15 The peasants and taxation 188
16 Peasants in the revolts of the seventeenth century 205
17 Sundays and feast days 220
18 Death and the peasant 228
Bibliography and acknowledgements 237
Supplementary bibliography 238
Index 240
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