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The Power of Gifts: Gift Exchange in Early Modern England

Felicity Heal


The book explores the role of gifts and gift-exchange in English society and politics between the reign of Henry VIII and the Restoration. Beginning from theories of the gift derived from both modern analysis and contemporary writing, it moves to a general consideration of the significance of the process of exchange and of the things given and received in this culture. A further general chapter examines the seasons and circumstances of giving. The rest of the volume addresses power relationships and patronage, concentrating on monarchs and their Courts. The rituals of the Tudor Court, especial ... More

Keywords: gifts, exchange, patronage and benefits, politics, royal court, diplomacy, bribes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199542956
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542956.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Felicity Heal, author
Emeritus Fellow, Jesus College, Oxford