Society and Culture in Early Modern England

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The common theme of this selection of articles by David Cressy, published over the last twenty-five years, is the linkage of elite and popular culture and the participation of ordinary people in the central events of their age. The collection also traces a development in historical style and method, from quantitative applications using statistics to qualitative telling of tales. Seven essays under the heading 'Opportunities' explore problems of education, literacy and cultural attainment within the gendered and hierarchically ordered society of Elizabeth and Stuart England. Eight more under the heading 'Passages' examine social and cultural interactions, kinship, migration, community celebrations, and rituals in the life-cycle. The collection brings together a coherent body of research that is much cited in current scholarship and continues to shape the agenda for the social and cultural history of early modern England.

Contents: Preface
Opportunities: Describing the social order of Elizabethan and Stuart England
Levels of illiteracy in England 1530-1730
Literacy in context: meaning and measurement in early modern England
Books as totems in 17th century England and New England
Educational opportunity in Tudor and Stuart England
Francis Bacon and the advancement of schooling
A drudgery of schoolmasters: the teaching profession in Elizabethan and Stuart England
Passages: The vast and furious ocean: the passage to Puritan New England
The seasonality of marriage in Old and New England
Kinship and kin interaction in early modern England
Purification, thanksgiving, and the churching of women in post-reformation England
Gender trouble and cross-dressing in Early Modern England
Death and the social order: the funerary preferences of Elizabethan gentlemen
Binding the nation: the Bonds of Association, 1584 and 1696
The Protestant calendar and the vocabulary of celebration in early modern England

About the Author:
: David Cressy, Professor of History, Ohio State University, USA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780860789116
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Series: Variorum Collected Studies
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

I Describing the Social Order of Elizabethan and Stuart England
II Levels of Illiteracy in England, 1530-1730
III Literacy in Context: Meaning and Measurement in Early Modern England
IV Books as Totems in Seventeenth-Century England and New England
V Educational Opportunity in Tudor and Stuart England
VI Francis Bacon and the Advancement of Schooling
VII A Drudgery of Schoolmasters: the Teaching Profession in Elizabethan and Stuart England
VIII The Vast and Furious Ocean: The Passage to Puritan New England
IX The Seasonality of Marriage in Old and New England
X Kinship and Kin Interaction in Early Modern England
XI Purification, Thanksgiving and the Churching of Women in Post-Reformation England
XII Gender Trouble and Cross-Dressing in Early Modern England
XIII Death and the Social Order: The Funerary Preferences of Elizabethan Gentlemen
XIV Binding the Nation: The Bonds of Association, 1584 and 1696
XV The Protestant Calendar and the Vocabulary of Celebration in Early Modern England
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