Religion and life cycles in early modern England

Edited by Caroline Bowden, Emily Vine and Tessa Whitehouse

Religion and life cycles in early modern England
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  • ISBN: 9781526149237
  • Publish Date: Oct 2021
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    • Format: eBook
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4922-0
    • Published Date: October 2021
    • Series: Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Studies


    Religion and life cycles in early modern England assembles scholars working in the fields of history, English literature and art history to further our understanding of the intersection between religion and the life course in the period c. 1550-1800. Featuring chapters on Catholic, Protestant and Jewish communities, it encourages cross-confessional comparison between life stages and rites of passage that were of religious significance to all faiths in early modern England. The book considers biological processes such as birth and death, aspects of the social life cycle including schooling, coming of age and marriage and understandings of religious transition points such as spiritual awakenings and conversion. Through this inclusive and interdisciplinary approach, it seeks to show that the life cycle was not something fixed or predetermined and that early modern individuals experienced multiple, overlapping life cycles.


    The volume as a whole is accessible and refreshingly free of jargon and superfluous theoretical baggage. It is well designed, with some excellent illustrations. It deserves to be widely read and consulted.
    The Journal of the Social History Society


    Introduction: religion and life cycles in early modern England - Caroline Bowden, Emily Vine and Tessa Whitehouse
    Part I: Birth, childhood and youth
    1 Second birth and the spiritual lifecycle in Protestant England - Alexandra Walsham
    2 Prayer, pregnancy and print - Rebecca Whiteley
    3 Maternal breastfeeding: providence and advocacy in seventeenth-century sermons and prescriptive literature - Lauren Cantos
    4 Religious practice and the social worlds of eighteenth-century children, 1688 to 1800 - Mary Clare Martin
    5 Intergenerational relationships in a family archive: adolescence, school and French polish - Caroline Bowden
    Part II: Adulthood and everyday life
    6 The secular dynamics of religious identity - Bernard Capp
    7 The clergy and marriage in Restoration comedies - David Fletcher
    8 Women, religion and early-modern life cycles - Elaine Hobby
    9 Everyday religious and life-cycle events in the diaries of Richard Stonley - Zoe Hudson
    10 Letter-writing, life-cycle events and the daily life of faith - Tessa Whitehouse
    Part III: The dying and the dead
    11 Birth, death and faith: Sir Thomas Aston at the deathbed of his wife - Rosemary Keep
    12 Caring for the dying and the dead in the London Sephardi and Ashkenazi communities, 1656?1800 - Emily Vine
    13 Temporality and the eternal afterlife in children's hymns of the long eighteenth century - Nancy Jiwon Cho


    Caroline Bowden is Senior Research Fellow in History at Queen Mary University of London

    Emily Vine is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham

    Tessa Whitehouse is Senior Lecturer in English at Queen Mary University of London

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