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The Social Life of the Early Modern Protestant Clergy

The Social Life of the Early Modern Protestant Clergy provides unexpected new insights on the lives of the early modern English and Swedish clergy through case studies and broader surveys. Rosamunde Oates demonstrates how the first generations of clergy wives in England used hospitality to support their husbands in the process of reform. Jacqueline Eales examines the shift from the sixteenth-century debate about the legality of clerical marriage to a positive portrayal of women from English clerical families in the years 1620 to 1720. William Gibson challenges the view that the eighteenth-century English episcopate were rapacious, arguing that they were often careful custodians of episcopal estates. Jonas Lindström analyses the account books of a late eighteenth-century pastor Gustaf Berg to illustrate his economic ties with his parishioners, which ran alongside their religious and social relationships. Drawing on Swedish evidence, Beverly Tjerngren charts the decline of hospitality evident in the home of a widowed pastor, Adolph Adde, in the late eighteenth-century. Jon Stobart examines the aspirations of Northamptonshire clergy as shown through their domestic material culture.

160 pages | 2 halftones, 1 graph | 5 3/4 x 8 1/4

History: European History

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Table of Contents

The Contributors
Martha or Mary? Clerical Wives and Hospitality in the
English Reformation
Rosamund Oates
From Debate to Emulation: Wives and Daughters in
Seventeenth-century Clerical Households
Jacqueline Eales
Finances of the Anglican Episcopate in the Eighteenth Century
William Gibson
The Economic Network of an Eighteenth-century Clergyman
Jonas Lindström
A Rector in Want of a Wife
Beverly Tjerngren
Genteel or Respectable? The Material Culture of Rural Clergy
in Late Georgian England
Jon Stobart

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