Faith, Place and People in Early Modern England
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252 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

11 b/w, 4 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press

Faith, Place and People in Early Modern England

Essays in Honour of Margaret Spufford

Edited by Trevor Dean, Glyn Parry and Edward Vallance

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A collection that celebrates the research of Margaret Spufford, a "game-changing" historian who shifted the focus away from the political and social elite in urban communities to the "other 98%" in local and rural areas.

This collection celebrates and evaluates the seminal research of Margaret Spufford, a leading historian of early modern English social and economic history. Spufford played a crucial role in the broadening of English social and cultural history, shifting the focus away from the political and social elite in urban communities to the "other 98%" in local and rural areas and challenging assumptions about the limited intellectual worlds of rural people. She was also an early historian of consumption patterns, whose work on the clothing trade remains the authoritative history of this industry and its consumers.
Faith, Place and People in Early Modern England reassesses Spufford's contribution to the shape of historical study. Each chapter rethinks a key aspect of her work on local and rural communities: the value of particular historical records; the interactions between religious conformists anddissenters; social and religious change; credit and finance; clothing and consumption. Throughout, the contributors develop Spufford's model of integrating close community studies into a broader picture, while retaining an awareness of the singularity of individuals and localities. In doing so, the book indicates how far "Spuffordian" approaches can continue to shape the future direction of early modern history .

TREVOR DEAN is Professor of History at the University of Roehampton; GLYN PARRY is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Roehampton; EDWARD VALLANCE is Professor of Early Modern British political culture at the University of Roehampton.

Contributors: ADRIAN AILES, DAVID CRESSY, TREVOR DEAN, CATHERINE FERGUSON, HENRY FRENCH, STEVE HINDLE, CHRISTOPHER MARSH, GLYN PARRY, WILLIAM SHEILS, PETER SPUFFORD, DANAE TANKARD, EDWARD VALLANCE, PATRICIA WYLLIE
Introduction - Trevor Dean and Glyn Parry and Edward Vallance
Margaret - Peter Spufford
Religious Divisions in the Localities: Catholics, Puritans and the Established Church before the Civil Wars - William Sheils
'Neither Godly professors, nor dumb dogges': Reconstructing Conformist Protestant Beliefs and Practice in Earls Colne, Essex, c.1570-1620 - Henry French
The Sad Fortunes of the Reverend John Perkins: Scenes of Clerical Life in Late Seventeenth-Century England - Steve Hindle
The Heralds and the Hearth Tax - Adrian Ailes
The Hearth Tax and the Poor in Post-Restoration Woking - Catherine Ferguson
Reassessing the English 'Financial Revolution': Credit Transferability in Probate Records of Sedbergh and Maidstone, 1610-1790 - Patricia Wyllie
'Flowered silk is little worn but gold and silver striped is much worn': Metropolitan Clothing Consumption in Late Seventeenth-Century Sussex - Danae Tankard
A Cuckold in Space: The 'Ballading' of Stephen Seagar, 1669 - Christopher W. Marsh
Marginal People in a Stressful Culture: Itinerants, Gypsies and 'Counterfeit Egyptians' in Margaret Spufford's England - David Cressy
Bibliography of Margaret Spufford's works
Index
"An excellent collection, rich in detail, wide-ranging, thoroughly grounded in socio-economic history and the sources, and a fitting tribute to the life and abiding influence of Margaret Spufford." ECCLESIOLOGY TODAY
"For those familiar with the scholarship of Margaret Spufford, Faith, Place and People in Early Modern England is a sublime paean commemorating her contributions to the field of social and economic history. This compilation of essays, many written by former students and colleagues of Spufford, not only displays the influence she had on those around her, but also demonstrates the ongoing impact she continues to exert in the study of early modern history." H-NET
"The collection as a whole is well produced and nicely illustrated. The essays are interesting and of a consistently high academic quality." Jonathan Healey, Journal of British Studies

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Title Details

252 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

11 b/w, 4 line illus.

Imprint: Boydell Press