The Dutch Gentry, 1500-1650: Family, Faith, And Fortune

Hardcover | April 1, 1987

bySherrin Marshall

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This detailed study of Dutch gentry families affords many valuable historical insights and challenges current assumptions about the nature of family life during the early modern period. Marshall offers an in-depth portrait of the Dutch gentry, their family organization and relationships, and the role of lineage, religion, law, and custom, economics, and politics in their daily lives.

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This detailed study of Dutch gentry families affords many valuable historical insights and challenges current assumptions about the nature of family life during the early modern period. Marshall offers an in-depth portrait of the Dutch gentry, their family organization and relationships, and the role of lineage, religion, law, and cust...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:252 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 1, 1987Publisher:GREENWOOD PRESS INC.

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ISBN - 10:0313250219

ISBN - 13:9780313250217

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?Family studies in early modern history have become a battlefield littered with conflicting interpretations of hierarchy, patriarchy, amount of individualism, nature of marriage, origins of childhood, and so on. Now Sherrin Marshall brings to the field the Dutch, a society often portrayed as bourgeois and dominated by restraint and propriety. Marshall examines the families of the gentry--the lesser nobility--in the bourgeois republic' and offers a new interpretation of the Revolt of the Netherlands.... The family material reads easily and is wonderfully devoid of jargon.... The text, which is more descriptive than analytical, supplies a variety of evidence that does not refute previous views of the family but rather surmounts them, often producing a middle ground in the historiographical debates. By avoiding pamphlets, sermons, and the like, which often theorize about families, and relying instead on documents such as wills, court testimony, and letters--sources in which people do not talk much about ideologies--Marshall produces few generalizations and much nuance. She concludes that the gentry sought and obtained reciprocity in their family affairs and expected it elsewhere--in religion and politics especially.?-Journal of Marriage and the Family