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The Middleton Papers: The Financial Problems of a Yorkshire Recusant Family in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
     

The Middleton Papers: The Financial Problems of a Yorkshire Recusant Family in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries

by Jose Bosworth (Editor), Pat Hudson (Editor), Maureen Johnson (Editor)
 
Additional editor: Denise Shillitoe The Middletons were one of the chief Catholic families in Yorkshire, and as such suffered considerably for their faith. The records they have left are a hugely valuable source for knowledge for life at the time. This volume is based on two account books, both of which were kept following periods of national upheaval and personal

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Additional editor: Denise Shillitoe The Middletons were one of the chief Catholic families in Yorkshire, and as such suffered considerably for their faith. The records they have left are a hugely valuable source for knowledge for life at the time. This volume is based on two account books, both of which were kept following periods of national upheaval and personal hardship (1578 to 1582, and 1653 to 1655); they vividly document the family's strategies for survival and reconstruction in two different but challenging periods of their history. Much can be learnt from them about the structure of a gentry household, its estate management, farming methods, labour usage and wages. Meanwhile, personal details of a more intimate kind glimmer through the text. Births and deaths are recorded, as are details of diet, journeys made (notably to the Continent by William Middleton between 1579 and 1582), fairs attended, visitors received and visits made. There is also information about the pastimes and leisure activities of the family, their own and their servants' clothing, and medical practices. The documents are presented here with notes, introduction, and glossary.

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(The papers) provide a wealth of information about property and land, with the detailed inventories and accounts lending themselves to studies of early modern households and material culture. (It) will no doubt be a valuable resource for many years to come. ARCHIVES (A) publication such as this adds to the considerable primary material accessible to scholars and the amateur enquirer. It should be in the Reference Library of every Record Office in the Ridings of Yorkshire. HISTORY This book will be of value to a range of readers. Those interested in the survival and experiences of a Catholic family after the Reformation in England will find much of interest here in the insights that the volume offers on the financial strains experienced by the family, as well as the information that these account books reveal about the conduct of family life at this time. RECUSANT HISTORY Provides useful insights into both a Yorkshire manor and the dynamics of recusant relationships to the growing Protestant state throughout the early modern period. SIXTEENTH CENTURY JOURNAL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781903564318
Publisher:
Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date:
12/17/2010
Series:
Yorkshire Archaeological Soc Record Series
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

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