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  1. General reading - these books are useful for many of the topics covered in this strand. Some chapters are listed as key readings for specific seminars. 16 items
    1. Early modern Britain: 1450-1750 - John Miller 2017

      Book  Useful for an overview of political developments in England, Scotland and Wales and how these impacted on society

    2. Europe 1450 to 1789: encyclopedia of the early modern world - Jonathan Dewald c2004 (electronic resource)

      Book  Several articles from this encyclopedia are listed for specific seminar topics. They are intended as a brief overview of the topic and you should supplement them by reading another more in-depth piece (i.e. a journal article).

    3. Women in early modern England, 1500-1700 - Jacqueline Eales, ebrary, Inc 1998 (electronic resource)

      Book 

    4. Women and property in early modern England - Amy Louise Erickson, ebrary, Inc 1993 (electronic resource)

      Book  Print copy also available

    5. Gender, sex, and subordination in England, 1500-1800 - Anthony Fletcher, EBSCOhost 1995

      Book  Print copy also available

    6. The English family, 1450-1700 - Ralph A. Houlbrooke 1984

      Book 

    7. Women and gender in early modern Europe - Merry E. Wiesner 2008

      Book 

  2. 1. Introduction: 'Finding the Family' 15 items
    1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

      Book  Read sections on pp. 18-25 'Approaching the history of family' and pp. 35-42 'Residence and reproduction'

    2. Gender relations in early modern England - Laura Gowing 2014

      Book  Esp. chap 2 'Patriarchal Households'

    3. Approaches to the history of the western family, 1500-1914 - Michael Anderson, Economic History Society 1980

      Book 

    4. Family - JOEL F. HARRINGTON

      Article 

    5. A social history of England, 1500-1750 2017

      Book  Read chap 3 'Little Commonwealths I: The Household and Family Relationships'

    6. Finding the family in medieval and early modern Scotland - Elizabeth Ewan, Janay Nugent 2016

      Book  Read chap 1 'Introduction: Where is the Family in Medieval and Early Modern Scotland?'

    7. The family in early modern England - Helen Berry, Elizabeth A. Foyster, Cambridge University Press 2007

      Book  Read chap 1 'Introduction'

    8. Also see Alan Macfarlane's review of Stone's 'The Family, Sex and Marriage' 1 item
    9. The world we have lost - Peter Laslett 1971

      Book 

  3. 2. Gender, Family and Society 54 items
    1. Group A: Patriarchy 10 items
      1. Gender - MERRY WIESNER-HANKS

        Article 

      2. When gossips meet: women, family, and neighbourhood in early modern England - B. S. Capp, ebrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read chap 1 'Introduction'

      3. Gender, sex, and subordination in England, 1500-1800 - Anthony Fletcher, EBSCOhost 1995

        Book  Read chap 11 'Household Order'

      4. English aristocratic women, 1450-1550: marriage and family, property and careers - Barbara J Harris, ebrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read chap 1 'Structures of Patriarchy'

      5. Gender in late medieval and early modern Europe - Marianna Muravyeva, Raisa Maria Toivo, ebrary, Inc 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read chap 1 'From Women's Oppression to Male Anxiety'

    2. Group B: Ageing and Life Cycle 13 items
      1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

        Book  Read pp. 43-51 'Life cycle and economy'

      2. A history of everyday life in Scotland, 1600 to 1800 - Elizabeth Foyster, Christopher A. Whatley, ebrary, Inc 2010 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read chap 3 'Death, Birth and Marriage in Early Modern Scotland'

      3. The Routledge history of sex and the body: 1500 to the present 2013

        Book  Read Toulalan chap on Life Cycle

      4. Introduction: Gender and Generations: women and life cycles - Katie Barclay, Rosalind Carr, Rose Elliot, Annmarie Hughes 04/2011

        Article 

      5. Birth, marriage, and death: ritual, religion, and the life-cycle in Tudor and Stuart England - David Cressy 1999

        Book  Read the introduction and any sections that interest you (the whole book is about life cycle rituals)

      6. Women and ageing in British society since 1500 - L. A. Botelho, Pat Thane 2001

        Book  Read Amy M. Froide chap 'Old Maids'

      7. Ritual in early modern Europe - Edward Muir 1997

        Book  Read chap 1 'Rites of Passage'

    3. Group C: Religion 10 items
      1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

        Book  Read pp. 127-135 'The impact of ideas on family life'

      2. Gender, sex, and subordination in England, 1500-1800 - Anthony Fletcher, EBSCOhost 1995

        Book  Read chap 17 'Women and Religion'

      3. When gossips meet: women, family, and neighbourhood in early modern England - B. S. Capp, ebrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read section on pp. 353-64 'Religion and Beliefs'

      4. Being Protestant in Reformation Britain - Alec Ryrie, ebrary, Inc 2013 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read chap 14 'Prayer in the Household'. Also available in print copy.

      5. Widowhood in medieval and early modern Europe 2014

        Book  Read chap 5 'The virtuous widow in Protestant England'

      6. Baptism and spiritual kinship in early modern England - Will Coster 2016

        Book  Read chap 3 'The concept of spiritual kinship'

    4. Group D: Work and Economy 11 items
      1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

        Book  Read pp. 43-51 'Life cycle and economy'

      2. When gossips meet: women, family, and neighbourhood in early modern England - B. S. Capp, ebrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read section on pp. 42-8 'Women, Work and Patriarchy'

      3. Gender, sex, and subordination in England, 1500-1800 - Anthony Fletcher, EBSCOhost 1995

        Book  Read chap 12 'Men's Work, Women's Work'

      4. Finding the family in medieval and early modern Scotland - Elizabeth Ewan, Janay Nugent 2016

        Book  Read chap 7 'Crediting Wives' and/or chap 12 'The Famine of the 1690s and Its Aftermath'

      5. Ale, beer and brewsters in England: women's work in a changing world, 1300-1600 - Judith M. Bennett, ebrary, Inc 1996 (electronic resource)

        Book  Read chap 8 'Women's Work in a Changing World'

      6. Women, work and sociability in early modern London - Tim Reinke-Williams 2014

        Book  Read chap 4 'Retailing'

    5. Group E: Emotions and Affection 10 items
      1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

        Book  Read pp. 26-34 'Emotional life'

      2. Early modern emotions: an introduction - Susan Broomhall 2017

        Book  Read pp. 244-7 'IV.21 Family and Household'

      3. The family in early modern England - Helen Berry, Elizabeth A. Foyster, Cambridge University Press 2007

        Book  Read chap 1 'Introduction'

      4. Childhood and emotion: across cultures 1450-1800 - Claudia Jarzebowski, Thomas Max Safley 2014

        Book  Read chap 8 'How children were supposed to feel'

      5. Authority, gender and emotions in late medieval and early modern England 2015

        Book  Read chap 10 'Emotions, Gender Expectations, and the Social Role of Chancery'

  4. 3. Courtship and Marriage 29 items
    1. General pieces - choose one or more of these for basic background information 2 items
      1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

        Book  Read sections on pp. 73-5 'Courtship' and pp. 85-92 'Marriage'

    2. Key reading - choose one of these more in-depth pieces to discuss in class. Divide up reading among your subgroup so that everyone reads something different. 27 items
      1. Marriage arrangement and courtship 11 items
        1. Women and property in early modern England - Amy Louise Erickson, ebrary, Inc 1993 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read one or more of chaps 5-8 (portions and marriage/marriage settlements)

        2. The wealth of wives: women, law, and economy in late medieval London - Barbara Hanawalt, ebrary, Inc c2007 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chaps 3 'Inheritance, Dowry, and Dower' and/or chap 4 'The Formation of Marriage'

        3. English aristocratic women, 1450-1550: marriage and family, property and careers - Barbara J Harris, ebrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 3 'The Arrangement of Marriage'

        4. For the subsequent debate on Miriam Slater's article see: 2 items
      2. Married life 9 items
        1. When gossips meet: women, family, and neighbourhood in early modern England - B. S. Capp, ebrary, Inc 2003 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 3 'Families and Gossips: The Experience of Marriage'

        2. Gender, sex, and subordination in England, 1500-1800 - Anthony Fletcher, EBSCOhost 1995

          Book  Read chaps 8 and 9 (Husbands and Wives/Living Together)

        3. Early modern emotions: an introduction - Susan Broomhall 2017

          Book  Read pp. 217-20 'IV.13 Marriage'

        4. The wealth of wives: women, law, and economy in late medieval London - Barbara Hanawalt, ebrary, Inc c2007 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 6 'The Marital Experience'

        5. Finding the family in medieval and early modern Scotland - Elizabeth Ewan, Janay Nugent 2016

          Book  Read chap 2 'Balladry and Early Modern Understandings of Marriage' and/or chap 7 'Crediting Wives'.

        6. English aristocratic women, 1450-1550: marriage and family, property and careers - Barbara J Harris, ebrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 4 'Wives'

        7. Bloomsbury Collections - Patriarchal Moments - Reading Patriarchal Texts

          Webpage  Read chap 7 by Karen Harvey on influential household manual 'Of Domesticall Duties'

      3. Domestic violence and separation 7 items
        1. ‘A king in his own household’: domestic discipline and family violence in early modern Europe reconsidered - Marianna Muravyeva 08/2013

          Article  Introduction to a special edition on violence and the family in early modern Europe.

        2. Histories of crime: Britain 1600-2000 - Anne-Marie Kilday 2010

          Book  Read chap by David Nash 'Cruelty and Adultery: Offences Against the Institution of Marriage'

        3. The family in early modern England - Helen Berry, Elizabeth A. Foyster, Cambridge University Press 2007

          Book  Read chap 2 'Marriage, separation and the common law'

  5. 4. Birth and Childhood 31 items
    1. General pieces - choose one or more of these for basic background information 4 items
      1. Youth - JOEL F. HARRINGTON

        Article 

      2. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

        Book  Read sections on pp. 93-109 'Parents and children' and 'Growing up'

    2. Key reading - choose one of these more in-depth pieces to discuss in class. Divide up reading among your subgroup so that everyone reads something different. 27 items
      1. Childbirth and baptism 7 items
        1. Baptism and spiritual kinship in early modern England - Will Coster 2016

          Book  Esp chap 2 'Baptism and the spiritual community'

        2. Early modern emotions: an introduction - Susan Broomhall 2017

          Book  Read pp. 211-4 'IV.11 Pregnancy and childbirth'

        3. Blood, bodies and families in early modern England - Patricia Crawford 2004

          Book  Read chaps 3 and 5 (maternity/childcare)

      2. Childhood and education 9 items
        1. The wealth of wives: women, law, and economy in late medieval London - Barbara Hanawalt, ebrary, Inc c2007 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chaps 1 and 2 (Daughters/Education)

        2. Being Protestant in Reformation Britain - Alec Ryrie, ebrary, Inc 2013 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read pp. 428-35 section on 'Childhood'. Print copy also available.

        3. Centuries of childhood - Philippe Ariès, Robert Baldick 1973

          Book 

        4. Early modern emotions: an introduction - Susan Broomhall 2017

          Book  Read pp. 214-7 'IV.12 Childhood'

        5. Childhood and emotion: across cultures 1450-1800 - Claudia Jarzebowski, Thomas Max Safley 2014

          Book  Read chap 8 'How children were supposed to feel'

        6. A history of childhood: children and childhood in the West from medieval to modern times - Colin Heywood 2001

          Book 

      3. Parenting 11 items
        1. English aristocratic women, 1450-1550: marriage and family, property and careers - Barbara J Harris, ebrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 6 'Motherhood'

        2. Finding the family in medieval and early modern Scotland - Elizabeth Ewan, Janay Nugent 2016

          Book  Read chap 5 'The Name of the Father' and/or chap 6 'Parents and Children in Early Modern Scotland'

        3. Forgotten children: parent-child relations from 1500 to 1900 - Linda A. Pollock 1983

          Book 

        4. The history of the European family: Volume 1: Family life in early modern times, 1500-1789 - David I. Kertzer, Marzio Barbagli c2001

          Book  Read chap by Linda Pollock 'Parent-Child Relations'

        5. Remaking English society: social relations and social change in early modern England - Steve Hindle, Alexandra Shepard, John Walter, ProQuest (Firm) 2013 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 2 'Brokering Fatherhood'

        6. Manhood and Masculinity in Early Modern England - Tim Reinke-Williams 09/2014

          Article  This article is about all aspects of research on early modern masculinity but has a useful section on fatherhood.

        7. Women, work and sociability in early modern London - Tim Reinke-Williams 2014

          Book  Read chap 1 'Motherhood'

  6. 5. Everyday Life in the Household 22 items
    1. General pieces - choose one or more of these for basic background information 3 items
    2. Key reading - choose one of these more in-depth pieces to discuss in class. Divide up reading among your subgroup so that everyone reads something different. 19 items
      1. Life in the household 9 items
        1. The wealth of wives: women, law, and economy in late medieval London - Barbara Hanawalt, ebrary, Inc c2007 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 7 'Standard of Living'

        2. A day at home in early modern England: material culture and domestic life, 1500-1700 - Tara Hamling, Catherine Richardson 2017

          Book  This book has a lot of useful research but is quite long - for seminar reading pick a chapter that interests you.

        3. The family in early modern England - Helen Berry, Elizabeth A. Foyster, Cambridge University Press 2007

          Book  Read chap 6 'Without the cry of any neighbours'

        4. Maids, wives, widows: exploring early modern women's lives 1540-1714 - Sara Read 2015

          Book  Read chap 1 ''Goodwives': Marriage and Housewifery'

        5. Women, work and sociability in early modern London - Tim Reinke-Williams 2014

          Book  Read chap 2 'Housewifery'

        6. The Later Medieval English Urban Household - Sarah Rees Jones, Felicity Riddy, Cordelia Beattie, Charlotte Carpenter 01/2007

          Article 

        7. Emotions in the household, 1200-1900 - Susan Broomhall, ProQuest (Firm) 2008 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 1 'Emotions in the Household'

      2. Objects and spaces 10 items
        1. Domestic life and domestic tragedy in early modern England: the material life of the household - Catherine Richardson, ebrary, Inc 2006 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 2 on 'objects and spaces in the early modern house'

        2. Everyday objects: medieval and early modern material culture and its meanings - Tara Hamling, Catherine Richardson 2010

          Book  Read any chapter or chapters that interest you

        3. The Routledge handbook of material culture in early modern Europe 2017

          Book  Read pp. 423-435 chap 25 'Rights of privacy in early modern English households'

        4. History and Material Culture: a student's guide to approaching alternative sources 2017

          Book  Read chaps 4 (textiles and clothes), 5 (buildings) and 11 ('small things')

        5. Early modern emotions: an introduction - Susan Broomhall 2017

          Book  Read pp. 135-40 'III.15 Household objects'

        6. Bloomsbury Cultural History - The Birth of the English Kitchen, 1600–1850

          Webpage  The whole book is useful but for seminar read chap 6 'Peopling the Kitchen'

  7. 6. Old Age and Death 17 items
    1. General pieces - choose one or more of these for basic background information 4 items
      1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

        Book  Read sections on pp. 49-51 'Inheritance', pp. 110-7 'Death and burial' and pp. 122-5 'Old Age'

      2. Old Age - SUSANNAH OTTAWAY

        Article 

    2. Key reading - choose one of these more in-depth pieces to discuss in class. Divide up reading among your subgroup so that everyone reads something different. 13 items
      1. Old Age 1 item
        1. Women and ageing in British society since 1500 - L. A. Botelho, Pat Thane 2001

          Book  Read chaps 3 and/or 4 (on old age)

      2. Death 6 items
        1. Death, religion, and the family in England, 1480-1750 - Ralph A. Houlbrooke 2000

          Book 

        2. The place of the dead: death and remembrance in late medieval and early modern Europe - Bruce Gordon, Peter Marshall 2000

          Book  Read chaps 10 and 14

        3. Emotions in the household, 1200-1900 - Susan Broomhall, ProQuest (Firm) 2008 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 11 'Death in the Early Modern English Household'

      3. Wills and inheritance 6 items
        1. Intimate Worlds - Karen O’Brien 04/2016

          Article 

        2. Early modern conceptions of property - John Brewer, Susan Staves 1995

          Book  Read chap 10 'Resentment or resignation?'

  8. 7. Outside the Family 31 items
    1. General pieces - choose one or more of these for basic background information 2 items
      1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

        Book  Read pp. 118-9 'Widows, widowers and orphans'

    2. Key reading - choose one of these more in-depth pieces to discuss in class. Divide up reading among your subgroup so that everyone reads something different. 29 items
      1. Single women 11 items
        1. Women and property in early modern England - Amy Louise Erickson, ebrary, Inc 1993 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chaps 11 and 12 on lone women

        2. English aristocratic women, 1450-1550: marriage and family, property and careers - Barbara J Harris, ebrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 5 'Single Women'

        3. Women and ageing in British society since 1500 - L. A. Botelho, Pat Thane 2001

          Book  Read chap 5 'Old Maids'

        4. Children and youth in premodern Scotland 2015

          Book  Read chap 2 'Young women and apprenticeships'

        5. Urban culture in medieval Wales - Helen Fulton 2012

          Book  Read chap by Deborah Youngs 'The Townswomen of Wales: Singlewomen, Work and Service'

        6. Constructing Families - Jessica L. Malay 10/2015

          Article 

        7. Early Modern Women's Letter Writing, 1450-1700 - James, Dr Daybell, , etc., , and J. Daybell 2001

          Book  Read chap 12 'Gentle Companions: Single women and their letters'

      2. Widowhood 8 items
        1. Widowhood in medieval and early modern Europe 2014

          Book  Read one or more of chaps 3, 5, 7 and 12 (the chapters on early modern England).

        2. Women and property in early modern England - Amy Louise Erickson, ebrary, Inc 1993 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chaps 9 and 10 on widows

        3. English aristocratic women, 1450-1550: marriage and family, property and careers - Barbara J Harris, ebrary, Inc 2002 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 7 'Widows'

        4. Women and ageing in British society since 1500 - L. A. Botelho, Pat Thane 2001

          Book  Read chap 1 'Strategies of poor aged women and widows'

      3. Remarriage and stepfamilies 10 items
        1. The wealth of wives: women, law, and economy in late medieval London - Barbara Hanawalt, ebrary, Inc c2007 (electronic resource)

          Book  Read chap 5 (widows and remarriage)

        2. Women in English society 1500-1800 - Mary Prior 1985

          Book  Read chap by Barbara Todd on 'The remarrying widow'

        3. The Oxford history of life writing: Volume 2: Early modern - Alan Stewart 2018

          Book  Read chap 10 ‘The Familial Lives of Martha Moulsworth and Constance Lucy’

        4. The family in early modern England - Helen Berry, Elizabeth A. Foyster, Cambridge University Press 2007

          Book  Read chap 7 'Childless men in early modern England'

  9. Primary Source Collections/Databases 10 items
    1. Family and kinship in England, 1450-1800 - Will Coster 2017

      Book  Part IV contains a collection of edited documents relating to family life in England 1450-1800.

    2. Ages of woman, ages of man: sources in European social history, 1400-1750 - Darlene Abreu-Ferreira, Agnes S. Arnórsdóttir 2013

      Book  Print copy also available

    3. Early Modern Europe 1450-1789 by Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

      Webpage  Primary sources for all aspects of early modern European history. See the pdfs for chaps 2 and 8 for relevant sources on the family and life cycle.