The Character of English Rural Society

    The Character of English Rural Society

    Earls Colne, 1550-1750

    HR French; RW Hoyle

    Manchester University Press 2007

    Hardback 336pp

    9780719051081   Product Code: 20661

    This innovative study of a north Essex village makes a novel contribution to our knowledge of England between the 16th and 18th centuries. Earls Colne is well known to historians as the parish of the 17th century clerical diarist Ralph Josselin; but here the village is considered in the round, and with surprising results. The authors reach new conclusions about the character of English rural society and the role that land played in it.

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