Siblinghood and social relations in Georgian England

Share and share alike

By Amy Harris

Siblinghood and social relations in Georgian England


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-7849-9364-1
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £12.99
  • Published Date: April 2016
  • BIC Category: History, Social & cultural history, 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799, General & world history, Humanities / Social & cultural history, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Marriage & Family, HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century, Sociology: Family & Relationships


This book examines the impact sisters and brothers had on eighteenth-century English families and society. Using evidence from letters, diaries, probate disputes, court transcripts, prescriptive literature and portraiture, it argues that although parents' wills often recommended their children 'share and share alike', siblings had to constantly negotiate between prescribed equality and practiced inequalities.

Siblinghood and social relations in Georgian England, which will be the first monograph-length analysis of early modern siblings in England, is primed to be at the forefront of sibling studies. The book is intended for a broad audience of scholars - particularly those interested in families, women, children and eighteenth-century social and cultural history.


'...this text usefully and compactly investigates an important and neglected matter.'
Martha F. Bowden, Kennesaw State University, The Scriblerian and the Kit-cats, May 2016


1. Learning to be a sibling
2. Ties that bound
3. Ties that cut
4. Sibling economics
5. Sibling politics
Appendix one: Tables
Appendix two: Family trees
Select bibliography


Amy Harris is Assistant Professor of History at the Brigham Young University

Siblinghood and social relations in Georgian England

By Amy Harris

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