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The Family in Early Modern England
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LAWRENCE STONE AND FAMILY HISTORY
Stone, L., The Crisis of the Aristocracy 1558–1641, Oxford, 1965.
Stone, L., The Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500–1800, London, 1977; abridged edition, London, 1979.
Stone, L. and Stone, J. C. F., An Open Elite? England 1540–1880, Oxford, 1984.
Stone, L., The Road to Divorce: England 1530–1987, Oxford, 1990.
Stone, L., Uncertain Unions: Marriage in England 1660–1753, Oxford, 1992.
Stone, L., Broken Lives: Separation and Divorce in England 1660–1857, Oxford, 1993.
WRITING FAMILY HISTORY
Anderson, M., Approaches to the History of the Western Family, 1500–1914, London, 1980.
Haraven, T. K., ‘The history of the family and the complexity of social change’, American Historical Review 96, 1(1991), 95–124.
Wrightson, K., ‘The family in early modern England: Continuity and change’, in Taylor, S., Connors, R. and Jones, C. (eds.), Hanoverian Britain and Empire: Essays in Memory of Philip Lawson, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1998, pp. 1–22.
GENERAL SURVEYS
Wrightson, K., English Society 1580–1680, London, 1982.
Houlbrooke, R. A., The English Family 1450–1700, London, 1984.
Abbott, M., Family Ties: English Families 1540–1920, London, 1993.
Coster, W., Family and Kinship in England 1450–1800, Harlow, 2001.
DEMOGRAPHIC APPROACHES TO THE FAMILY
Laslett, P. and Wall, R. (eds.), Household and Family in Past Time, Cambridge, 1972.
Laslett, P., Bastardy and its Comparative History, London, 1980.
Wrigley, E. A. and Schofield, R. S., The Population History of England, 1541–1871: A Reconstruction, London, 1981.
Schofield, R. S., ‘English marriage patterns revisited’, Journal of Family History 10 (1985), 2–20.
Wrigley, E. A., Davies, R. S., Oeppen, J. E. and Schofield, R. S., English Population History from Family Reconstitution, 1580–1837, Cambridge, 1997.
Sharpe, P., Population and Society in an East Devon Parish, Exeter, 2002.
GENDER, PATRIARCHY AND THE FAMILY
Schochet, G. J., Patriarchalism in Political Thought: The Authoritarian Family and Political Speculation and Attitudes, Especially in Seventeenth-Century England, New York, 1975.
Amussen, S., An Ordered Society: Gender and Class in Early Modern England, Oxford, 1988.
Pateman, C., The Sexual Contract, Cambridge, 1988.
Hindle, S., ‘The shaming of Margaret Knowsley: Gossip, gender and the experience of authority in early modern England’, Continuity and Change 9, 3 (1994), 391–419.
Fletcher, A., Gender, Sex and Subordination in England 1500–1800, New Haven and London, 1995.
Gowing, L., Domestic Dangers: Women, Words and Sex in Early Modern London, Oxford, 1996.
Mendelson, S. H. and Crawford, P., Women in Early Modern England, Oxford, 1998.
Pollock, L. A., ‘Rethinking patriarchy and the family in 17th-century England’, Journal of Family History 23, 1 (1998), 3–27.
Foyster, E. A., Manhood in Early Modern England: Honour, Sex and Marriage, Harlow, 1999.
Weil, R., Political Passions: Gender, the Family and Political Argument in England 1680–1714, Manchester, 1999.
Shepard, A., ‘Manhood, credit and patriarchy in early modern England, c.1580–1640’, Past and Present, 167 (2000), 75–106.
Berry, H., Gender, Society and Print Culture in Late-Stuart England: The Cultural World of the Athenian Mercury, Aldershot, 2003.
Capp, B., When Gossips Meet: Women, Family, and Neighbourhood in Early Modern England, Oxford, 2003.
Gowing, L., Common Bodies: Women, Touch and Power in Seventeenth-Century England, New Haven and London, 2003.
Crawford, Patricia, Blood, Bodies and Families in Early Modern England, Harlow, 2004.
POOR FAMILIES
Wrightson, K. and Levine, D., Poverty and Piety in an English Village: Terling 1525–1700, London, 1979; second edition 1995.
Sharpe, J. A., ‘Plebeian marriage in Stuart England: Some evidence from popular literature’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 5th series, 5 (1986), 69–90.
Hitchcock, T., King, P. and Sharpe, P. (eds.), Chronicling Poverty: The Voices and Strategies of the English Poor 1640–1840, Basingstoke, 1997.
Sokoll, Thomas (ed.), Essex Pauper Letters, 1731–1837 (Records of Social and Economic History, new ser., 30), Oxford, 2001.
Hindle, S., On the Parish? The Micro-Politics of Poor Relief in Rural England c.1550–1750, Oxford, 2004.
MIDDLING-SORT FAMILIES
Davidoff, L. and Hall, C., Family Fortunes: Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780–1850, London, 1987.
Earle, P., The Making of the English Middle Class: Business, Society and Family Life in London, 1660–1730, London, 1991.
Barry, J. and Brooks, C. (eds.), The Middling Sort of People: Culture, Society and Politics in England, 1550–1800, Basingstoke and London, 1994.
Hunt, M. R., The Middling Sort: Commerce, Gender, and the Family in England, 1680–1780, London, 1996.
ELITE FAMILIES
Trumbach, R., The Rise of the Egalitarian Family: Aristocratic Kinship and Domestic Relations in Eighteenth-Century England, New York, 1978.
Pollock, L. A., ‘“Teach her to live under obedience”: The making of women in the upper ranks of early modern England’, Continuity and Change 4, 2 (1989), 231–58.
Heal, F. and Holmes, C., The Gentry in England and Wales 1500–1700, Basingstoke, 1994.
Vickery, A., The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England, New Haven and London, 1998.
Harris, B. J., English Aristocratic Women, 1450–1550: Marriage and Family, Property and Careers, Oxford, 2002.
Tague, I. H., Women of Quality: Accepting and Contesting Ideals of Femininity in England, 1690–1760, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2002.
Chalus, E., Elite Women in English Political Life, c.1754–1790, Oxford, 2005.
COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE
Outhwaite, R. B. (ed.), Marriage and Society: Studies in the Social History of Marriage, London, 1981.
Gillis, J. R., For Better, For Worse: British Marriages, 1600 to the Present, Oxford, 1985.
Macfarlane, A., Marriage and Love in England: Modes of Reproduction 1300–1840, Oxford, 1986.
Ingram, M., Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in England, 1570–1640, Cambridge, 1987.
Fletcher, A., ‘The Protestant idea of marriage in early modern England’, in Fletcher, A. and Roberts, P. (eds.), Religion, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain: Essays in Honour of Patrick Collinson, Cambridge, 1994, pp. 161–81.
Outhwaite, R. B., Clandestine Marriage in England 1500–1850, London, 1995.
Hindle, S., ‘The problem of pauper marriage in seventeenth-century England’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 6th series, 8 (1998), 71–89.
O'Hara, D., Courtship and Constraint: Rethinking the Making of Marriage in Tudor England, Manchester, 2000.
CHILDREN, CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE
Ariès, P., Centuries of Childhood, London, 1962.
Smith, S. R., ‘The London apprentices as seventeenth-century adolescents’, Past and Present 61 (1973), 149–61.
Plumb, J. H., ‘The new world of children in eighteenth-century England’, Past and Present 67 (1975), 64–95.
Mause, L. (ed.), The History of Childhood: The Untold Story of Child Abuse, London, 1976.
Thomas, K., ‘Age and authority in early modern England’, Proceedings of the British Academy 62 (1976), 205–48.
Pollock, L., Forgotten Children: Parent–Child Relations from 1500–1900, Cambridge, 1983.
Capp, B., ‘English youth groups and “The Pinder of Wakefield”’, in Slack, P. (ed.), Rebellion, Popular Protest and Social Order in Early Modern England, Cambridge, 1984, pp. 212–18.
Thomas, K., ‘Children in early modern England’, in Avery, G. and Briggs, J. (eds.), Children and Their Books: A Celebration of the Work of Iona and Peter Opie, Oxford, 1989, pp. 45–77.
Rushton, P., ‘The matter in variance: Adolescents and domestic conflict in the pre-industrial economy of northeast England, 1600–1800’, Journal of Social History 25, 1 (1991), 89–107.
Calvert, K., Children in the House: The Material Culture of Early Childhood, 1600–1900, Boston, Mass., 1992.
Mitterauer, M., A History of Youth, Oxford, 1992.
Ben-Amos, I. K., Adolescence and Youth in Early Modern England, London and New Haven, 1994.
Fletcher, A., ‘Prescription and practice: Protestantism and the upbringing of children 1560–1700’, in Wood, D. (ed.), The Church and Childhood, Studies in Church History 31, Oxford, 1994, pp. 325–46.
Cunningham, H., Children and Childhood in Western Society since 1500, Harlow, 1995; second edition 2005.
Griffiths, P., Youth and Authority: Formative Experiences in England 1560–1640, Oxford, 1996.
Hussey, S. and Fletcher, A. (eds.), Childhood in Question: Children, Parents and the State, Manchester, 1999.
Heywood, C., A History of Childhood: Children and Childhood in the West from Medieval to Modern Times, Cambridge, 2001.
PARENTING
Lewis, J. S., In the Family Way: Childbearing in the British Aristocracy, 1760–1860, New Brunswick, N.J., 1986.
Fildes, V. (ed.), Women as Mothers in Pre-Industrial England: Essays in Honour of Dorothy McLaren, London, 1990.
Bowers, T., The Politics of Motherhood: British Writing and Culture, 1680–1760, Cambridge, 1996.
Ben-Amos, I. K., ‘Reciprocal bonding: Parents and their offspring in early modern England’, Journal of Family History 25, 3 (July 2000), 291–312.
Foyster, E., ‘Parenting was for life, not just for childhood: The role of parents in the married lives of their children in early modern England’, History 86 (2003), 313–27.
Cody, L. F., Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Conception of Eighteenth-Century Britons, Oxford, 2005.
Evans, T., ‘Unfortunate Objects’: Lone Mothers in Eighteenth-Century London, Basingstoke, 2005.
KINSHIP
Wrightson, K., ‘Household and kinship in sixteenth-century England’, History Workshop Journal 12 (1981), 151–8.
Cressy, D., ‘Kinship and kin interaction in early modern England’, Past and Present 113 (1986), 38–69.
Wolfram, S., In-Laws and Outlaws: Kinship and Marriage in England, London, 1987.
Larminie, V., Wealth, Kinship and Culture: The Seventeenth-Century Newdigates of Arbury and Their World, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1995.
Tadmor, N., Family and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England: Household, Kinship, and Patronage, Cambridge, 2001.
Coster, W., Baptism and Spiritual Kinship in Early Modern England, Aldershot, 2002.
Perry, R., Novel Relations: The Transformation of Kinship in English Literature and Culture, 1748–1818, Cambridge, 2004.
SINGLE WOMEN
Peters, C., ‘Single women in early modern England: Attitudes and expectations’, Continuity and Change 12, 3 (1997), 325–45.
Bennett, J. M. and Froide, A. M. (eds.), Singlewomen in the European Past 1250–1800,Philadelphia, 1999.
Sharpe, P., ‘Dealing with love: The ambiguous independence of the single woman in early modern England’, Gender and History 11, 2 (1999), 209–32.
Hill, B., Women Alone: Spinsters in Britain 1660–1850, London, 2001.
Froide, A. M., Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England, Oxford, 2005.
THE FAMILY ECONOMY
Clark, A., Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century, London, 1919.
Thompson, E. P., ‘The moral economy of the English crowd in the eighteenth century’, Past and Present 50 (1971), 76–136.
Levine, D., Family Formation in an Age of Nascent Capitalism, New York, 1977.
Smith, R. M. (ed.), Land, Kinship and Life-Cycle, Cambridge, 1984.
Roberts, M., ‘“Words they are women, and deeds they are men”: Images of work and gender in early modern England’, in Charles, L. and Duffin, L. (eds.), Women and Work in Pre-Industrial England, London, 1985, pp. 122–80.
Houlbrooke, R. A., ‘Women's social life and common action in England from the fifteenth century to the eve of the civil war’, Continuity and Change 1 (1986), 171–89.
Wall, R., ‘Work, welfare and family: An illustration of the adaptive family economy’, in Bonfield, L., Smith, R. M. and Wrightson, K. (eds.), The World We Have Gained: Histories of Population and Social Structure, Oxford, 1986, pp. 261–94.
Levine, D., Reproducing Families: The Political Economy of English Population History, Cambridge, 1987.
Hill, B., Women, Work, and Sexual Politics in Eighteenth-Century England, Oxford, 1989.
Sharpe, P. (ed.), Women's Work: The English Experience 1650–1914, London, 1998.
Wrightson, K., Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain, London, 2000.
Grassby, R., Kinship and Capitalism: Marriage, Family, and Business in the English-Speaking World, 1580–1740, Cambridge, 2001.
Agren, M. and Erickson, A. L. (eds.), The Marital Economy in Scandinavia and Britain 1400–1900, Aldershot, 2005.
FAMILIES AND PROPERTY
Macfarlane, A., The Origins of English Individualism: The Family, Property and Social Transition, Cambridge, 1979.
Weatherill, L., ‘A possession of one's own: Women and consumer behavior in England, 1660–1740’, Journal of British Studies 25 (1986), 131–56.
Staves, S., Married Women's Separate Property in England, 1660–1833, Cambridge, Mass., 1990.
Spring, E., Law, Land, and Family: Aristocratic Inheritance in England, 1300 to 1800, Chapel Hill, 1993.
Erickson, A. L., Women and Property in Early Modern England, London, 1995.
Stretton, T., Women Waging Law in Elizabethan England, Cambridge, 1998.
Finn, M., ‘Men's things: Masculine possession in the consumer revolution’, Social History 25, 3 (2000), 133–55.
Wright, N. E., Ferguson, M. W. and Buck, A. R. (eds.), Women, Property, and the Letters of the Law in Early Modern England, Toronto, 2004.
MARRIAGE BREAKDOWN, SEPARATION AND DIVORCE
Thomas, K., ‘The Puritans and adultery: The Act of 1650 reconsidered’, in Pennington, D. H. and Thomas, K. (eds.), Puritans and Revolutionaries: Essays in Seventeenth-Century History Presented to Christopher Hill, Oxford, 1978, pp. 257–82.
Ingram, M., Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in England, 1570–1640, Cambridge, 1987.
Phillips, R., Putting Asunder: A History of Divorce in Western Society, Cambridge, 1988.
Hunt, M., ‘Wife beating, domesticity and women's independence in eighteenth-century London’, Gender and History 4, 1 (1992), 10–33.
Amussen, S. D., ‘“Being stirred to much unquietness”: Violence and domestic violence in early modern England’, Journal of Women's History 6, 2 (1994), 70–89.
Turner, D., Fashioning Adultery: Gender, Sex and Civility in England, 1660–1740, Cambridge, 2002.
Bailey, J., Unquiet Lives: Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in England, 1660–1800, Cambridge, 2003.
Foyster, E., Marital Violence: An English Family History 1660–1857, Cambridge, 2005.
WIDOWHOOD
Carlton, C., ‘The widow's tale: Male myths and female reality in 16th and 17th century England’, Albion 10 (1978), 118–29.
Todd, B. J., ‘The remarrying widow: A stereotype reconsidered’, in Prior, M. (ed.), Women in English Society, 1500–1800, London, 1985, pp. 54–92.
Brodsky, V., ‘Widows in late Elizabethan London: Remarriage, economic opportunity and family orientations’, in Bonfield, L.. Smith, R. M. and Wrightson, K. (eds.), The World We Have Gained, Oxford, 1986, pp. 122–54.
Cavallo, S. and Warner, L. (eds.), Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern England, Harlow, 1999.
OLD AGE
Pelling, M. and Smith, R. M. (eds.), Life, Death and the Elderly: Historical Perspectives, London, 1991.
Botelho, L. and Thane, P. (eds.), Women and Ageing in British Society Since 1500, Harlow, 2001.
Ottaway, S., The Decline of Life: Old Age in Eighteenth-Century England, Cambridge, 2003.
DEATH
Wiener, C. Z., ‘Sex roles and crime in late Elizabethan Hertfordshire’, Journal of Social History 8, 4 (1975), 38–60.
Ariès, P., Western Attitudes Towards Death, London, 1976.
Ariès, P., The Hour of Our Death, London, 1981.
Hoffer, P. C. and Hull, N. E. H., Murdering Mothers: Infanticide in England and New England, 1558–1803, New York, 1981.
Sharpe, J. A., ‘Domestic homicide in early modern England’, Historical Journal 24, 1 (1981), 29–48.
Gittings, C., Death, Burial and the Individual in Early Modern England, London, 1984.
Llewellyn, N., The Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual c.1500–c.1800, London, 1991.
Amussen, S. D., ‘“Being stirred to much unquietness”: Violence and domestic violence in early modern England’, Journal of Women's History 6, 2 (1994), 70–89.
Dolan, F. E., Dangerous Familiars: Representations of Domestic Crime in England, 1550–1700, Ithaca, N.Y., 1994.
Kermode, J. and Walker, G. (eds.), Women, Crime and the Courts in Early Modern England, London, 1994.
Cressy, D., Birth, Marriage and Death: Ritual, Religion, and the Life Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England, Oxford, 1997.
Gowing, L., ‘Secret births and infanticide in seventeeth-century England’, Past and Present 156 (1997), 87–115.
Houlbrooke, R., Death, Religion and the Family in England 1480–1750, Oxford, 1998.
Lawson, P., ‘Patriarchy, crime and the courts: The criminality of women in late Tudor and early Stuart England’, in Smith, G. T., May, A. N. and Devereux, S. (eds.), Criminal Justice in the Old World and New World: Essays in Honour of John Beattie, Toronto, 1998, pp. 16–57.
Walker, G., ‘Rereading rape and sexual violence in early modern England’, Gender and History 10, 1 (1998), 1–25.
Gammon, J., ‘“A denial of innocence”: Female juvenile victims of rape and the English legal system in the eighteenth century’, in Fletcher, A. and Hussey, S. (eds.), Childhood in Question: Children, Parents and the State, Manchester, 1999, pp. 74–95.
Walker, G., Crime, Gender and Social Order in Early Modern England, Cambridge, 2003.
FAMILY PORTRAITURE
Hopkins, J. T., ‘“Such a likeness there was in the pair”: An investigation into the painting of the Cholmondley sisters’, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire 141 (1992), 1–38.
Pointon, M., Hanging the Head: Portraiture and Social Formation in Eighteenth-Century England, New Haven and London, 1993.
West, S., ‘The public nature of private life: The conversation piece and the fragmented family’, British Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 18 (1995), 153–72.
Retford, K., The Art of Domestic Life: Family Portraiture in England, New Haven and London, 2006.