English Society, 1580-1680 paints a fascinating picture of society and rural change in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Keith Wrightson discusses both the enduring characteristics of society as well as the course of social change, and emphasizes the wide variation in experience between different social groups and local communities. This is an excellent interpretation of English society, its continuity and its change.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Enduring Structure 1. Degrees of People 2. Social Relations in the Local Community 3. Family Formation 4. Husbands and Wives, Parents and Children Part 2: The Course of Social Change 5. Population and Resources 6. Order 7. Learning and Godliness
'It should be compulsory reading for every student of the period.' – Literary Review
'His book is a triumphant success and deserves to be widely read.' – British Book News