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Yale University: Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts – #3 – Households: Structures, Priorities, Strategies, Roles


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About this Course:  Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts (HIST 251)

This course is intended to provide an up-to-date introduction to the development of English society between the late fifteenth and the early eighteenth centuries. Particular issues addressed in the lectures will include: the changing social structure; households; local communities; gender roles; economic development; urbanization; religious change from the Reformation to the Act of Toleration; the Tudor and Stuart monarchies; rebellion, popular protest and civil war; witchcraft; education, literacy and print culture; crime and the law; poverty and social welfare; the changing structures and dynamics of political participation and the emergence of parliamentary government.

About this lecture

Professor Wrightson lectures on the structures of households in early modern England. Differentiating between urban and rural households, the households of great lords and those of yeoman, husbandmen, and craftsmen, the varying structures and compositions of households are discussed. The process by which households were established, courtship and marriage, are addressed. Stressing the various ways in which early modern households differed from modern notions of the home, Professor Wrightson analyzes the roles played by individuals within them. The positions occupied by women and the array of tasks that they were expected to perform in furtherance of the household economy receive detailed attention, as do the experiences of children. Professor Wrightson discusses the manner in which households could be affected by external crises, such as plague or harvest failure, and touches on the strategies and steps employed by householders to ensure survival of this important unit.

Professor Wrightson

Keith E. Wrightson is Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and has taught at the Universities of St Andrews (1975-84), Cambridge (1984-99) and Yale (since 1999). He is a Fellow of the British Academy (1996) and of the Royal Historical Society (1986), and an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge. His publications include English Society, 1580-1680 (1982); Earthly Necessities. Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain (2000); Poverty & Piety in an English Village: Terling 1525-1700 (with David Levine, 1979); The Making of an Industrial Society: Whickham, 1560-1765 (with David Levine, 1991), and many essays on the social, economic, and cultural history of early modern England

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