Meanings Of Manhood In Early Modern England

Paperback | August 27, 2006

byAlexandra Shepard

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This path-breaking study explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England and their complex, and often contested, relationship with patriarchal principles. Using social, political and medical commentary, alongside evidence of social practice derived from courtrecords, Dr Shepard argues that patriarchal ideology contained numerous contradictions, and that, while males were its primary beneficiaries, it was undermined and opposed by men as well as women. Patriarchal concepts of manhood existed in tension both with anti-patriarchal forms of resistance andwith alternative codes of manhood which were sometimes primarily defined independently of patriarchal imperatives. As a result the differences within each sex, as well as between them, were intrinsic to the practice of patriarchy and the social distribution of its dividends in early modernEngland.

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This path-breaking study explores the diverse and varied meanings of manhood in early modern England and their complex, and often contested, relationship with patriarchal principles. Using social, political and medical commentary, alongside evidence of social practice derived from courtrecords, Dr Shepard argues that patriarchal ideolo...

Alexandra Shepard is a University Lecturer in Early Modern British Economic and Social History at Christ's College in Cambridge.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.63 inPublished:August 27, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019929934X

ISBN - 13:9780199299348

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Modelling Manhood1. The Constant Age2. The Imagined Body of 'Man's Estate'3. Models of ManhoodII. The Social Practice of Manhood4. Youthful Excess and Fraternal Bonding5. The Violence of Manhood6. Respectability, Sex, and Status7. Credit, Provision, and Worth8. The 'Ancienter Sort'Conclusion: Manhood, Patriarchy, and Gender in Early Modern EnglandBibliographyIndex

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`Alexandra Shepard's fine book constitutes an important addition to the literature of gender in early modern England, and her emphasis on diversity in contemporary meanings of manhood lays down a challenge for others to pursue still further.'Bernard Capp, Reviews in History