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Youth and Authority: Formative Experiences in England 1560–1640

Paul Griffiths


It is now well known that there was a separate age of youth in 16th-and 17th-century society (and before), but in much of the writing on this subject, youth has emerged as a passive construct of the adult society, lacking formative experiences. This book seeks to redress this imbalance by presenting a more ‘positive’ image of young people, showing that they had a creative presence, an identity, and a historical significance which has never been fully explored. The book looks beyond the prescriptive codes of moralists and governors to survey the attitudes and activities of young people, examini ... More

Keywords: youth, adult society, young people, authority, religious commitment, social order, moralists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198204756
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198204756.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Griffiths, author
University of Leicester