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

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  139 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
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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Diane Briones™
This densely written and lengthy book is sometimes difficult reading, but more than worth the effort! It is an excellent source of information for genealogists trying to understand the motivation of ancestors whose actions seem incomprehensible today. By providing detailed analysis of family relationships from 1500 to 1800 in England, Mr. Stone has given us all an insight into thought processes and values that are very different from our own. The book would be equally valuable for anyone trying ...more
Michelle Llewellyn
Nov 30, 2011 Michelle Llewellyn rated it it was ok
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
Nov 30, 2015 Johanne rated it it was ok
Hmmm I think the issue with Stone is he has been somewhat left behind as his pet theories have been reviewed and largely discarded. So it is with this book, there is good interesting information in here but you have to pick through the 1970's theories.
Jenny Housley
Mar 15, 2012 Jenny Housley rated it it was amazing
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Absolutely fascinating read on the western family.
Feb 05, 2016 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A long, involved read that brings a great deal of information to sort through. Stone used primary source materials to great effect. From the age of private diaries there is a lot to digest.

The change of family life from the late mediaeval period through the Early Modern period to the 19th century takes many turns. Patriarchy is paramount and the Church and the state, in this case a period of strong Puritan governance, the rise of the state where nationhood is becoming more obvious rather than th
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Dec 23, 2013 Laura Perez eslava rated it it was amazing
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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
Oct 23, 2010 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 16, 2009 Erin rated it really liked it
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
Chandrashekar Gangaraju
I enjoyed reading this informative book.There were some very interesting facts from british history. The author does well in justifying his position whilst mentioning other theories. He goes to some length at descibing certain individuals which makes the book more readable. I wish there were more illustrations and that it was referenced with numbers like most books are.
Dec 12, 2016 mirole rated it really liked it
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I have been reading this book off and on for several months. It was an interesting and very informative read about the development of the family in England in that period. Although a bit dry at times, I enjoyed it especially multiple examples from the real life by way of excerpts from letters and diaries.
Apr 19, 2012 Cherish rated it really liked it
Very interesting read, especially to examine the differences in perspective, between then and now, considering the roles of marriage and romance. Highly educational.
Dec 01, 2008 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: history, sexuality, europe
Absolutely fascinating look at family life in England over a 300 year period.
Feb 03, 2009 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
In the 17th century Samuel Pepys kept a meticulous diary of his sexual exploits...and sufferings from syphilis. OMG!!
Kristin Sinclair
Aug 04, 2012 Kristin Sinclair rated it really liked it
Extremely informative. Highly recommended.
Nov 28, 2013 Chanie added it
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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