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The gentleman's mistress

Illegitimate relationships and children, 1450-1640

By Tim Thornton and Katharine Carlton

The gentleman's mistress
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  • Publish Date: Apr 2019
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    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-1407-5
    • Pages: 184
    • Price: £25.00
    • Published Date: January 2025

    Description

    This study explores pre- and extra-marital relationships among the gentry and nobility of the north of England from 1450 to 1640: the keeping of mistresses, the taking of lovers, the birth of illegitimate children and the fate of those children. It challenges assumptions about the extent to which such activities declined in the period, and hence about the impact of Protestantism and other changes to the culture of the elite. A major contribution to the literature on marriage and sexual relationships, family, kinship and gender, it is aimed at an academic readership in the fields of social and political history.

    Contents

    Introduction
    1 Background and legal framework
    2 The extent of bastardy among the elite
    3 The role and status of the mistress
    4 Gentlewomen and their lovers
    5 The 'wronged' partner
    6 The bastard children
    Conclusion
    Index

    Authors

    Tim Thornton is Professor of History and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield.
    Katharine Carlton is Research Assistant at the University of Huddersfield.

    The gentleman's mistress

    By Tim Thornton, Katharine Carlton

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