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The Ties That Bind: Siblings, Family, and Society in Early Modern England

Bernard Capp


This book explores an important and neglected dimension of the history of the family in Elizabethan and Stuart England. It demonstrates the importance of sibling relationships, across all levels of society, and investigates their nature both in childhood and throughout adult life. While close bonds and bitter rivalries between siblings have always existed, many aspects of the relationship reflect the particular circumstances and values of the period and place. How far did parents favour the firstborn, and sons over daughters? How did this influence relationships between children? The practice ... More

Keywords: kin, siblings, family, parents, stepchildren, emotion, rivalry, brother, sister, children

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823384
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823384.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Capp, author
Emeritus Professor of History, University of Warwick