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Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England

Alexandra Shepard


This book explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England, and their complex and often contested relationship with patriarchal principles, in order to add a new dimension to our understanding of gender relations. Using social, political, and medical commentary, alongside evidence of social practice derived from court records, the book argues that patriarchal ideology contained numerous contradictions, and that, while males were its primary beneficiaries, it was undermined and opposed by men as well as women. Patriarchal concepts of manhood existed in tension both wi ... More

Keywords: manhood, gender, patriarchy, social practice, early modern England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199299348
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199299348.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Shepard, author
University Lecturer in Early Modern British Economic and Social History, Christ's College, Cambridge
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