Reappraising the World of Goods
This concluding chapter recapitulates the changes in early modern England that have been explored in the book. It concludes on their historiographical significance. It starts by asking two important questions. What did the social order of early modern England look like from below? How did ordinary men and women formulate their social position and judge that of others? A broad perspective on the idioms and strategies that informed social positioning in court and beyond can be gauged by what witnesses had to say for themselves. Interestingly, witnesses show us the importance of moveable property, in terms of people's good and chattels, for establishing graduations of status and dictating the tenor of social relations.
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