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From Courtesy to Civility: Changing Codes of Conduct in Early Modern England

Anna Bryson


In any society, a foreigner learning the language must also learn what passes for good manners. The same is true for the historian trying to understand the social rules of a period and why these change. This book explores the nature and development of early modern conceptions of good manners, and examines some of the particular forms of everyday behaviour which these conceptions implied. ‘Courtesy’ and ‘civility’ were among the values central to Tudor and Stuart assumptions and fears about the social and political order.

Keywords: language, manners, social rules, society, behaviour, courtesy, civility, social order, political order

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198217657
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217657.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna Bryson, author
Charles University, Prague