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Man's Estate: Landed Gentry Masculinities, 1660-1900

Henry French and Mark Rothery


This is one of the first in-depth studies of masculinity within a particular social group – the landed gentry – over a time span of several hundred years. This research is based on approximately 4,100 letters drawn from 19 landed families across England between c. 1680 and c. 1900, based upon a three-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Its purpose was to move beyond the study of printed conduct literature, which had dominated earlier accounts, by examining the values expressed in family correspondence in order to get closer to social practices. Letters bet ... More

Keywords: gender identity, elite masculinity, social and cultural history, eighteenth and nineteenth-century England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199576692
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576692.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry French, author
Professor of Social History, University of Exeter

Mark Rothery, author
Post-doctoral Research Assistant, School of Social Sciences, University of Northampton