The Ties That Bound: Peasant Families in Medieval England (Paperback)Barbara A. Hanawalt (author)
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Using a remarkable array of sources, including over 3,000 coroners' inquests into accidental deaths, Hanawalt emphasizes the continuity of the nuclear family from the middle ages into the modern period by exploring the reasons that families served as the basic unit of society and the economy. Providing such fascinating details as a citation of an incantation against rats, evidence of the hierarchy of bread consumption, and descriptions of the games people played, her study illustrates the flexibility of the family and its capacity to adapt to radical changes in society. She notes that even the terrible population reduction that resulted from the Black Death did not substantially alter the basic nature of the family.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 314 g
Dimensions: 203 x 136 x 18 mm
`As stimulating for the questions it asks as for the answers it provides.' New York Times Book Review
'She has endeavoured to search for the continuities. This approach and its detail of everyday mediaeval life make the book of interest to a wide variety of readers. Those who are interested in the mediaeval period (or the family) should not miss it.' Win Grimmette, Open History
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