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Household Politics: Conflict in Early Modern England

Don Herzog


This book offers a brand-new look at “familial patriarchy” in early modern England, which was an era when it supposedly thrived. Canonical sources and sermons often urged the subordination of women, but this book shows that most considered the notion ludicrous. In fact, it shows that families experienced a constant negotiation of power, debunking the myth that they were ever universally and non-negotiably patriarchal during this era. This analysis will be intimately familiar to anyone who is part of a family or business, although it resists the urge to extrapolate conclusions to the modern day ... More

Keywords: familiar patriarchy, early modern England, family, women, feminist theory, social order, negotiation of power

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300180787
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300180787.001.0001


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Don Herzog, author

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