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Consumption and Gender in the Early Seventeenth-Century HouseholdThe World of Alice Le Strange$
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Jane Whittle and Elizabeth Griffiths

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233533

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199233533.001.0001

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Family Life Cycle and Consumption

Family Life Cycle and Consumption

(p.156) 6 Family Life Cycle and Consumption
Consumption and Gender in the Early Seventeenth-Century Household

Jane Whittle

Elizabeth Griffiths

Oxford University Press

The survival of the Le Stranges’ household accounts for a run of almost fifty years from 1606 to 1654 allows consumption to be observed across the family’s life cycle, from soon after marriage to the death of Sir Hamon Le Strange. This chapter takes advantage of the long stretch of accounts to examine how expenditure varied across the life cycle, relating this to household size, indebtedness and the Civil War. It looks at the importance of life cycle events—birth, death and marriage—as consumption events, and the evidence of childcare and childhood provided by items of expenditure. The treatment of the Le Stranges’ three sons is contrasted with that of their daughter in terms of educational provision, marriage arrangements and overall expenditure.

Keywords:   life cycle, indebtedness, Civil War, childhood, childcare, education, marriage, funerals, sons, daughters

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