An English Family History, 1660-1857
By (author) Elizabeth Foyster
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Marital Violence by Elizabeth Foyster
Book DescriptionThis book exposes the 'hidden' history of marital violence and explores its place in English family life between the Restoration and the mid-nineteenth century. In a time before divorce was easily available and when husbands were popularly believed to have the right to beat their wives, Elizabeth Foyster examines the variety of ways in which men, women and children responded to marital violence. For contemporaries this was an issue that raised central questions about family life: the extent of men's authority over other family members, the limitations of women's property rights, and the problems of access to divorce and child custody. Opinion about the legitimacy of marital violence continued to be divided but by the nineteenth century ideas about what was intolerable or cruel violence had changed significantly. This accessible study will be invaluable reading for anyone interested in gender studies, feminism, social history and family history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521834513
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 25-Aug-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Elizabeth Foyster
Madness, Secrecy and Betrayal in Georgian England, Hardback (September 2016)
The fantastic story, both tragic and filmic, of an aristocratic family desperate to prove that one of their own is insane
Family in Early Modern England, Paperback (February 2011)
This text provides an assessment of the most important research published in the past three decades on the English family.
Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Hardback (July 2010)» View all books by Elizabeth Foyster
An authoritative history of the subject in a 6 volume series. The volumes cover Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Age, the Enlightenment, the Age of Empire, and the Modern Age.
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Author Biography - Elizabeth Foyster
Elizabeth Foyster is Lecturer in History at Clare College, Cambridge. She previously published Manhood in Early Modern England: Honour, Sex and Marriage (1999).
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