Family and Kinship in England 1450-1800 guides the reader through the changing relationships that made up the nature of family life from the late medieval period to the beginnings of industrialisation. It gives a clear introduction to many of the intriguing areas of interest that this field of history has opened up, including childhood, youth, marriage, sexuality and death.
This book introduces the elements that made up family life at different stages of its development, from creation to dissolution, and traces the degree to which family life in England changed throughout the early modern period. It also provides a valuable synthesis of the debates and research on the history of the family, highlighting the different ways historians have investigated the topic in the past. This new edition has been fully updated to incorporate the latest research on urban communities, emotions and interactions between the family and the parish, town and state.
Supported by a range of compelling primary source documents, a glossary of terms, a chronology and a who's who of key characters, this is an essential resource for any student of the history of the family.
Will Coster is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Bedfordshire. His previous publications include Baptism and Spiritual Kinship in Early Modern England (2002) and Sacred Space in Early Modern Europe (co-edited with A. Spicer, 2005)
List of Images Chronology Who's Who PART ONE INTRODUCTION - METHODS AND STRUCTURES CHAPTER ONE - APPROACHING THE HISTORY OF THE FAMILY CHAPTER TWO - EMOTIONAL LIFE CHAPTER THREE - RESIDENCE AND REPRODUCTION CHAPTER FOUR - LIFE CYCLE AND ECONOMY CHAPTER FIVE - KINSHIP CHAPTER SIX - CULTURE AND CONTEXT PART TWO ANALYSIS - THE PATTERN OF FAMILY LIFE CHAPTER SEVEN - INDEPENDENCE AND FAMILY FORMATION CHAPTER EIGHT - SEX AND SEXUALITIES CHAPTER NINE - MARRIAGE CHAPTER TEN - PARENTS AND CHILDREN CHAPTER ELEVEN - GROWING UP CHAPTER TWELVE - DEATH AND BURIAL CHAPTER THIRTEEN - BROKEN FAMILIES PART THREE ASSESSMENT - CONTINUITY AND CHANGE CHAPTER FOURTEEN - THE IMPACT OF IDEAS ON FAMILY LIFE CHAPTER FIFTEEN - ECONOMIC CHANGE CHAPTER SIXTEEN - THE FAMILY AND KINSHIP IN PERSPECTIVE PART FOUR - DOCUMENTS GLOSSARY BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX