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The Middle Sort of People in Provincial England, 1600-1750
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The Middle Sort of People in Provincial England, 1600-1750

H. R. French


This book provides a detailed, comparative study of the social identity of the ‘middle sort of people’ in provincial England. It questions existing historical depictions of a defined ‘middling’ group, united by shared patterns of consumption and display in the century after 1660. Focusing on three separate case studies (East Anglia, Northwest and Southwest England), it identifies how the ‘middling’ described their status, and then examines the bases of their social position in parish life and government, and through their material possessions. Instead of a coherent, unified ‘middle sort of peo ... More

Keywords: society, status, identity, material culture, middle class, gentility, regions, parish, early modern England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199296385
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199296385.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

H. R. French, author
Lecturer in Early Modern History, Department of History, University of Exeter
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