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The gentleman's mistress: Illegitimate relationships and children, 1450-1640

Tim Thornton and Katharine Carlton


This is an exploration of the extent and implications of the pre- and extra-marital relationships of the gentry and nobility in the period 1450–1640 in the north of England. It challenges assumptions about the extent to which such activity declined in the period in question, and hence about the impact of Protestantism and other changes to the culture of the elite. The book is a major contribution to the literature on marriage and sexual relationships, on family and kinship and their impacts on wider social networks, and on gender.

Keywords: gentry, nobility, noblewomen, sex, mistresses, bastards, illegitimacy, north of England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526114068
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526114068.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Thornton, author
Professor of History and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Huddersfield

Katharine Carlton, author
Research Assistant at the University of Huddersfield