Poverty and Piety in an English Village: Terling, 1525-1700 / Edition 2

Poverty and Piety in an English Village: Terling, 1525-1700 / Edition 2

by Keith Wrightson, David Levine
     
 


This classic study of a single community in early modern England has had a major influence on the interpretation of the social dynamics of the period. It opens with a chapter establishing this small Essex parish in the national context of econmic and social change in the years between 1525 and 1700. Thereafter the chapters examine the economy of Terling; its… See more details below

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This classic study of a single community in early modern England has had a major influence on the interpretation of the social dynamics of the period. It opens with a chapter establishing this small Essex parish in the national context of econmic and social change in the years between 1525 and 1700. Thereafter the chapters examine the economy of Terling; its demographic history; its social structure; the relationships of the villagers with the courts of the church and state; the growth of popular literacy; the impact of the reformation, and the rise in puritanism. The overall process of change is then characterized in a powerful interpretive chapter on the changing pattern of social relationships in the parish.

This revised edition has a new chapter, 'Terling Revisited' which addresses the debate occasioned by the book, notably over kinship relations in early modern England, and the impact of puritanism on local society. In both cases a new interpretive synthesis is attempted and the argument of the first edition is defended, elaborated, and advanced in the light of subsequent research.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198203216
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Studies in Social Discontinuity
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,008,646
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the first edition
Preface to the Oxford edition
1The National Context1
2Prosperity and Poverty: The Rural Economy of Terling19
3Demographic Structures43
4A Local Social System73
5Conflict and Control: The Villagers and the Courts110
6Changing Cultural Horizons: Education and Religion142
7The "Better Sort" and the Laboring Poor173
Postscript: Terling Revisited186
Kinship structures and relationships187
Poverty and Piety197
Appendix: Additional Notes to Chapters 1-7221
Bibliography224
Index237

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