Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 019929934X
Release Date: 2006
Number of pages: 292
Author: Alexandra Shepard
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

Download and read online Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB This path-breaking study explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England and their complex, and often contested, relationship with patriarchal principles. Using social, political and medical commentary, alongside evidence of social practice derived from court records, Dr Shepard argues that patriarchal ideology contained numerous contradictions, and that, while males were its primary beneficiaries, it was undermined and opposed by men as well as women. Patriarchal concepts of manhood existed in tension both with anti-patriarchal forms of resistance and with alternative codes of manhood which were sometimes primarily defined independently of patriarchal imperatives. As a result the differences within each sex, as well as between them, were intrinsic to the practice of patriarchy and the social distribution of its dividends in early modern England.


Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England

Filename: meanings-of-manhood-in-early-modern-england.pdf
ISBN: 0198208189
Release Date: 2003
Number of pages: 292
Author: Alexandra Shepard
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

Download and read online Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB This path-breaking study explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England and their complex, and often contested, relationship with patriarchal principles. Using social, political and medical commentary, alongside evidence of social practice derived from court records, Dr Shepard argues that patriarchal ideology contained numerous contradictions, and that, while males were its primary beneficiaries, it was undermined and opposed by men as well as women. Patriarchal concepts of manhood existed in tension both with anti-patriarchal forms of resistance and with alternative codes of manhood which were sometimes primarily defined independently of patriarchal imperatives. As a result the differences within each sex, as well as between them, were intrinsic to the practice of patriarchy and the social distribution of its dividends in early modern England.


Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England

Filename: meanings-of-manhood-in-early-modern-england.pdf
ISBN: 0191716618
Release Date: 2003
Number of pages: 292
Author: Alexandra Shepard
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Download and read online Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB This study explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England and their complex, and often contested, relationship with patriarchal principles.


Manhood in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 9781317884262
Release Date: 2014-09-25
Number of pages: 260
Author: Elizabeth A Foyster
Publisher: Routledge

Download and read online Manhood in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB This is the first book to focus on the relationships which men formed with their wives in early modern England, making it an important contribution to a new understanding of English, social, family, and gender history. Dr Foyster redresses the balance of historical research which has largely concentrated on the public lives of prominent men. The book looks at youth and courtship before marriage, male fears of their wives' gossip and sexual betrayal, and male friendships before and after marriage. Highlighted throughout is the importance of sexual reputation. Based on both legal records and fictional sources, this is a fascinating insight into the personal lives of ordinary men and women in early modern England.


Accounting for Oneself

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ISBN: 9780199600793
Release Date: 2015
Number of pages: 357
Author: Alexandra Shepard
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Download and read online Accounting for Oneself in PDF and EPUB Worth, Status, and the Social Order in Early Modern England is a major new study of the social order in early modern England, as viewed and articulated from the bottom up. Engaging with how people from across the social spectrum placed themselves within the social order, it pieces together the language of self-description deployed by over 13,500 witnesses in English courts when answering questions designed to assess their creditworthiness. Spanning the period between 1550 and 1728, and with a broad geographical coverage, this study explores how men and women accounted for their 'worth' and described what they did for a living at differing points in the life-cycle. A corrective to top-down, male-centric accounts of the social order penned by elite observers, the perspective from below testifies to an intricate hierarchy based on sophisticated forms of social reckoning that were articulated throughout the social scale. A culture of appraisal was central to the competitive processes whereby people judged their own and others' social positions. For the majority it was not land that was the yardstick of status but moveable property-the goods and chattels in people's possession ranging from livestock to linens, tools to trading goods, tables to tubs, clothes to cushions. Such items were repositories of wealth and the security for the credit on which the bulk of early modern exchange depended. Worth, Status, and the Social Order in Early Modern England also sheds new light on women's relationship to property, on gendered divisions of labour, and on early modern understandings of work which were linked as much to having as to getting a living. The view from below was not unchanging, but bears witness to the profound impact of widening social inequality that opened up a chasm between the middle ranks and the labouring poor between the mid-sixteenth and mid-seventeenth centuries. As a result, not only was the social hierarchy distorted beyond recognition, from the later-seventeenth century there was also a gradual yet fundamental reworking of the criteria informing the calculus of esteem. --Provided by publisher.'


Anxious Masculinity in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 0521485886
Release Date: 1996-03-14
Number of pages: 225
Author: Mark Breitenberg
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online Anxious Masculinity in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB Explores the importance of heterosexual masculine identity in Renaissance literature and culture.


From Courtesy to Civility

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ISBN: 019821765X
Release Date: 1998
Number of pages: 311
Author: Anna Bryson
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

Download and read online From Courtesy to Civility in PDF and EPUB Anna Bryson explores the often entertaining evidence for Tudor and Stuart ideas of bodily decency and decorum, table manners and polite conversation.


The Duel in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 1139436694
Release Date: 2003-01-30
Number of pages:
Author: Markku Peltonen
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online The Duel in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB Arguments about the place and practice of the duel in early modern England were widespread. The distinguished intellectual historian Markku Peltonen examines this debate, and show how the moral and ideological status of duelling was discussed within a much larger cultural context of courtesy, civility and politeness. The advocates of the duel, following Italian and French examples, contended that it maintained and enhanced politeness; its critics by contrast increasingly severed duelling from civility, and this separation became part of a vigorous attempt in the late seventeenth century and beyond to redefine civility, politeness and indeed the nature and evolution of Englishness. To understand the duel is to understand much more fully some crucial issues in the cultural and ideological history of Stuart England, and Markku Peltonen's study will thus engage the attention of a very wide audience of historians and cultural and literary scholars.


The Economy of Obligation

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ISBN: 9781349268795
Release Date: 2016-07-27
Number of pages: 453
Author: C. Muldrew
Publisher: Springer

Download and read online The Economy of Obligation in PDF and EPUB This book is an excellent work of scholarship. It seeks to redefine the early modern English economy by rejecting the concept of capitalism, and instead explores the cultural meaning of credit, resulting from the way in which it was economically structured. It is a major argument of the book that money was used only in a limited number of exchanges, and that credit in terms of household reputation, was a 'cultural currency' of trust used to transact most business. As the market expanded in the late-sixteenth century such trust became harder to maintain, leading to an explosion of debt litigation, which in turn resulted in social relations being partially redefined in terms of contractual equality.


Vexed with Devils

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ISBN: 9781479831791
Release Date: 2017-07-07
Number of pages: 272
Author: Erika Gasser
Publisher: NYU Press

Download and read online Vexed with Devils in PDF and EPUB Stories of witchcraft and demonic possession from early modern England through the last official trials in colonial New England. Those possessed by the devil in early modern England usually exhibited a common set of symptoms: fits, vomiting, visions, contortions, speaking in tongues, and an antipathy to prayer. However, it was a matter of interpretation, and sometimes public opinion, if these symptoms were visited upon the victim, or if they came from within. Both early modern England and colonial New England had cases that blurred the line between witchcraft and demonic possession, most famously, the Salem witch trials. While historians acknowledge some similarities in witch trials between the two regions, such as the fact that an overwhelming majority of witches were women, the histories of these cases primarily focus on local contexts and specifics. In so doing, they overlook the ways in which manhood factored into possession and witchcraft cases. Vexed with Devils is a cultural history of witchcraft-possession phenomena that centers on the role of men and patriarchal power. Erika Gasser reveals that witchcraft trials had as much to do with who had power in the community, to impose judgement or to subvert order, as they did with religious belief. She argues that the gendered dynamics of possession and witchcraft demonstrated that contested meanings of manhood played a critical role in the struggle to maintain authority. While all men were not capable of accessing power in the same ways, many of the people involved—those who acted as if they were possessed, men accused of being witches, and men who wrote possession propaganda—invoked manhood as they struggled to advocate for themselves during these perilous times. Gasser ultimately concludes that the decline of possession and witchcraft cases was not merely a product of change over time, but rather an indication of the ways in which patriarchal power endured throughout and beyond the colonial period. Vexed with Devils reexamines an unnerving time and offers a surprising new perspective on our own, using stories and voices which emerge from the records in ways that continue to fascinate and unsettle us.


The Family in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 9780521858762
Release Date: 2007-12-06
Number of pages: 244
Author: Helen Berry
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Download and read online The Family in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB 2007 assessment of the most important research published in the past three decades on the English family.


Shakespeare and Masculinity

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ISBN: 0198711891
Release Date: 2000
Number of pages: 182
Author: Bruce R. Smith
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Download and read online Shakespeare and Masculinity in PDF and EPUB Oxford Shakespeare Topics (General Editors Peter Holland and Stanley Wells) provide students, teachers, and interested readers with short books on important aspects of Shakespeare criticism and scholarship, including some general anthologies relating to Shakespeare. Richard III, Romeo, Prince Harry, Malvolio, Hamlet, Lear, Antony, Coriolanus, Prospero: Shakespeare's roster of male protagonists is astonishingly various. Shakespeare and Masculinity juxtaposes these memorable characterswith the medical beliefs, ethical ideals, and social realities that shaped masculine identity for Shakespeare, as for his fellow actors and their audiences. At the same time it explores the process of male self-definition against various sorts of 'others' - women, foreigners, social inferiors, sodomites. Reflecting the truth that the plays' principal existence is in the live theatre, the book finishes with a transhistorical, multicultural survey of how masculinity has been performed in productions of Shakespeare's plays - in France, Germany, Hungary, Iraq, Japan, and elsewhere - and with a challenge to imagine masculinity in fuller and more satisfying ways.


Gender and Change

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ISBN: 9781405192279
Release Date: 2009-06-08
Number of pages: 294
Author: Alexandra Shepard
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

Download and read online Gender and Change in PDF and EPUB Through a collection of essays by leading scholars on women′s history and gender history, Gender and Change: Agency, Chronology and Periodisation questions conventional chronologies while reassessing the relationship between gender, agency, continuity and change. Celebrates 20 years of the publication of the journal Gender & History Reflects the extent to which gender analysis suggests alternatives to conventional periodisation. For example, whether the European Renaissance can be classified as the same period of great cultural advance when viewed from the perspective of women Offers innovative historiographical and theoretical reflection on approaches to gender, agency, and change


Governing Masculinities in the Early Modern Period

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ISBN: 9781409432395
Release Date: 2011
Number of pages: 328
Author: Susan Broomhall
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Download and read online Governing Masculinities in the Early Modern Period in PDF and EPUB Documenting lived experiences of men in charge of others, this collection creates a social and cultural history of early modern governing masculinities. Through a wide range of case studies, contributors explore what distinctions can be seen in ideas of authoritative masculine behaviour across Protestant and Catholic cultures, British and Continental models, from the late medieval to the end of the eighteenth century, and between urban and national expressions of authority.


Beard Fetish in Early Modern England

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ISBN: 9781409435693
Release Date: 2011
Number of pages: 300
Author: Mark Albert Johnston
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Download and read online Beard Fetish in Early Modern England in PDF and EPUB Beard Fetish in Early Modern England: Sex, Gender, and Registers of Value uniquely focuses on representations of facial hair for early modern culture and analyzes the role fetish plays in naturalizing categories like sex and gender. Author Johnston explores how beards in all their variety-including beardlessness and female beards-are freighted with cultural and psychic significance, materializing complex and contradictory value in multiple registers.