The family is a major area of scholarly research and public debate. Many studies have explored the English family in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, focusing on husbands and wives, parents and children. The Ties that Bind explores in depth the other key dimension: the place of brothers and sisters in family life, and in society.
Moralists urged mutual love and support between siblings, but recognized that sibling rivalry was a common and potent force. The widespread practice of primogeniture made England distinctive. The eldest son inherited most of the estate and with it, a moral obligation to advance the welfare of his brothers and sisters. The Ties that Bind explores how this operated in practice, and shows how the resentment of younger brothers and sisters made sibling relationships a heated issue in this
period, in family life, in print, and also on the stage.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 514 g
Dimensions: 242 x 164 x 20 mm
The Ties that Bind is an important addition to the scholarship of Harris and Davidoff * Sarah Fox, The Seventeenth Century *
This is an important study and a good read. * Martin Spencer, Congregational History Society Magazine *
This engaging study of early modern English siblings delves into private and public relationships and how they were affected by individual personalities facing the socioeconomic, religious, and political turmoil of the time. Capp draws on a lifetime of scholarship and an extensive array of sources, including geographies, letters, journals, plays, wills, depositions, and parish records [...] Summing Up: Highly recommended. * J. M. Pope, Hiram College, CHOICE *