Household Politics

    Household Politics

    Conflict in Early Modern England

    Don Herzog

    Yale University Press 2013

    Hardback 220pp

    9780300180787   Product Code: 21135

    Described by one reviewer as 'wonderfully mischievous', this study argues against the view that people in early modern England assumed patriarchy to be natural and necessary, and that the 'public man', 'private woman' distinction explained the political subordination of women. Showing how conflict rather than patriarchal accord was pervasive in households as husbands, wives and servants struggled for authority, Herzog conjures up 'a social world full of ornery, funny, sickening, and lethal controversies about gender, misogyny, public and private'.

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