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Family, Sex and Marriage in England 1500-1800 (Abridged, no footnotes)

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This book studies the evolution of the family from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century and how the process radically influenced child-rearing, education, contraception, sexual behaviour and marriage.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 14th 1979 by Perennial (first published January 2nd 1979)
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Michelle Llewellyn
I'm giving this two stars because I didn't care for the anti-family, anti-marriage tone. The author paints a dismal picture of family life in Elizabethian England, making it seem very much like today, except getting married BEFORE having kids was still the majority in every socio-economic bracket. Even if parents didn't want the kids, not wanting to get too close in case of death, most parents still did their duty in making sure the child was educated, indoctrinated with religion, and if they l ...more
Jenny Housley
Absolutely fascinating read on the western family.
Laura Perez eslava
La consciencia del escritor en cuanto a su alcance y metodología para mi lo hacen un excelente libro, ya que delimita muy bien su objeto de estudio y el resultado es justamente lo que Stone buscaba: listar y analizar las características de la clase baja de la aristocracia y alta de la burguesía durante un periodo de 300 años. Resultando un texto bastante esclarecedor porque reconocemos muchas de nuestras costumbres e idiosincrasia en torno a estos tres temas en ese proceso de cambio vivido en lo ...more
This book was a great eye opener on the subject of family, sex and marriage in England from 1500-1800. It tended to read a bit like a textbook or technical manual and the author kept repeating certain conclusions a little too often. I had to reread some sentences a few times to understand what the author was trying to get at. The last chapter focused on the diaries of two men (one from the late 1600's, the other 100 years later from the late 1700's) and their sexual exploits. Since I was reading ...more
This book was a lot more fun to read than I was originally anticipating. The author makes this book readable because he has a sense of irony that kind of propels the reader on. A very informative book for anyone wanting to know about the social habits of early England. Some of the information is rather shocking, such as the treatment of infants and children, which we would find cruel (and certainly unusual) today. The only thing I can fault the author for is referencing Freud more often than str ...more
A great social history of early modern England, detailing the reality of life - sex, marriage and family. Grim at times, but always lively, it brings home a time of enormous change in society.
Very interesting read, especially to examine the differences in perspective, between then and now, considering the roles of marriage and romance. Highly educational.
In the 17th century Samuel Pepys kept a meticulous diary of his sexual exploits...and sufferings from syphilis. OMG!!
Absolutely fascinating look at family life in England over a 300 year period.
Kristin Sinclair
Extremely informative. Highly recommended.
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I don't know how accurate he is, but it made for an interesting read. Who would have thought?
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Lawrence Stone was an English historian of early modern Britain. He is noted for his work on the English Civil War and marriage. Stone was a major advocate of using the methods of the social sciences to study history.
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