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The Character of English Rural Society: Earls Colne, 1550-1750

Henry French and Richard Hoyle


This book uses a study of a north Essex village to make a contribution to our knowledge of England between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries. Earls Colne has been well known to historians as the parish of the seventeenth-century clerical diarist, Ralph Josselin, and was the subject of an extended research project by Alan Macfarlane in the early 1970s, which informed his study of English Individualism. Now, it is considered in the round with some surprising results. The authors test the theoretical perspectives of both Macfarlane and Robert Brenner, and reach new conclusions about the char ... More

Keywords: Earls Colne, Harlakendens, Ralph Josselin, Alan Macfarlane, English Individualism, Robert Brenner, English rural society, ownership of land, early modern England, resident gentry family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780719051081
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719051081.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry French, author

Richard Hoyle, author