Sociability and Power in Late-Stuart England

Sociability and Power in Late-Stuart England

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This highly original study looks at rituals of sociability in new and creative ways. Based upon thousands of personal letters, it reconstructs the changing country and London worlds of an English gentry family, and reveals intimate details about the social and cultural life of the period. Challenging current influential views, the book observes strong connections, instead of deep divisions, between country and city, land and trade, sociability and power. Its very different view underminesestablished stereotypes of omnipotent male patriarchs, powerless wives and kin, autonomous elder sons, and dependent younger brothers. Gifts of venison and visits in a coach reveal unexpected findings about the subtle power of women over the social code, the importance of younger sons, and the overwhelming impact of London. Successfully combining storytelling and historical analysis, the book recreates everyday lives in a period of overseas expansion, financial revolution, and political turmoil.... and the Verneys shared public spaces with an urban propertied class.10 The declining ability of religion and the court to regulate morals ... The Oxford English Dictionary emphasi2es aspects of politeness relating to aesthetics and manners.

Title:Sociability and Power in Late-Stuart England
Author: Susan E. Whyman
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2002-01-01

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