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Accounting for Oneself – Worth, Status, and the Social Order in Early Modern England - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Accounting for Oneself: Worth, Status, and the Social Order in Early Modern England

Alexandra Shepard


This book brings together an unprecedented volume of material to offer a fundamentally new account of the social order in early modern England. The book pieces together the language of self-description deployed by over 13,500 witnesses in English courts in response to questions designed to assess their creditworthiness. Spanning the period between 1550 and 1728, it is the first study of English society that fully incorporates women; that offers comprehensive coverage of the range of social groups from the gentry to the labouring poor and across the life cycle; and that represents regional vari ... More

Keywords: wealth, poverty, credit, work, social order, gender, life cycle, self-description

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199600793
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199600793.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Shepard, author
Reader in Early Modern History, University of Glasgow

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