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Sociability and Power in Late Stuart England: The Cultural Worlds of the Verneys 1660-1720

Susan E. Whyman

Abstract

This study looks at rituals of sociability in new 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 undermines established stereotypes of omnipotent male patriarchs, powerless wives and kin, autonomous elder sons, and dependent younger brothers. ... More

Keywords: sociability, personal letters, English gentry family, country, city, land, trade, power, male patriarchs, powerless wives

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199250233
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250233.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan E. Whyman, author