1st Edition

Negotiating Exclusion in Early Modern England, 1550–1800

ISBN 9780367338862
Published March 9, 2021 by Routledge
270 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This edited volume examines how individuals and communities defined and negotiated the boundaries between inclusion and exclusion in England between 1550 and 1800. It aims to uncover how men, women, and children from a wide range of social and religious backgrounds experienced and enacted exclusion in their everyday lives.

Negotiating Exclusion takes a fresh and challenging look at early modern England’s distinctive cultures of exclusion under three broad themes: exclusion and social relations; the boundaries of community; and exclusions in ritual, law, and bureaucracy. The volume shows that exclusion was a central feature of everyday life and social relationships in this period. Its chapters also offer new insights into how the history of exclusion can be usefully investigated through different sources and innovative methodologies, and in relation to the experiences of people not traditionally defined as "marginal."

The book includes a comprehensive overview of the historiography of exclusion and chapters from leading scholars. This makes it an ideal introduction to exclusion for students and researchers of early modern English and European history. Due to its strong theoretical underpinnings, it will also appeal to modern historians and sociologists interested in themes of identity, inclusion, exclusion, and community.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Approaching Early Modern Exclusion and Inclusion

Naomi Pullin and Kathryn Woods

Part 1: Exclusion and Social Relations

1. Domestic Exclusions: The Politics of the Household in Early Modern England

Bernard Capp

2. The Language of Exclusion: "Bastard" in Early Modern England

Kate Gibson

3. Women and Religious Coexistence in Eighteenth-Century England

Carys Brown

4. Failed Friendship and the Negotiation of Exclusion in Eighteenth-Century Polite Society

Naomi Pullin

Part 2: The Boundaries of Community

5. The Negotiation of Inclusion and Exclusion in the Westminster Infirmary, 1716‒1750

Kathryn Woods

6. Defining the Boundaries of Community?: Experiences of Parochial Inclusion and Pregnancy Outside Wedlock in Early Modern England

Charmian Mansell

7. Hunting, Sociability, and the Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Early Seventeenth-Century England

Tom Rose

Part 3: Exclusions in Ritual, Law, and Bureaucracy

8. Failing at Patriarchy: Gender, Exclusion and Violence, 1560‒1640

Susan D. Amussen

9. They "Know as Much at Thirteen as If They Had Been Mid-Wives of Twenty Years Standing": Girls and Sexual Knowledge in Early Modern England

Sarah Toulalan

10. Inscription and Political Exclusion in Early Modern England

Nicholas Popper


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Naomi Pullin is Assistant Professor of Early Modern British History at the University of Warwick.

Kathryn Woods is Dean of Students at Goldsmiths, University of London.