Comedy and EnglishSociety
That comedy is potentially an agent of growth in a culture is not a
simple truth, since no culture is uniform, and growth often results
from conflict. I f Gibbon represents one facet of his age, Steme
represents another; and there was also a 'preromantic' facet that
expressed itself rather through the grotesque than the comic.
All the same, to judge by nothing more than the numerous protests
of those in high places, comedy from Chaucer to Joyce certainly
played its part in the evolution of Englishsociety and English sensi
WOMAN ALONE IN ENGLISHSOCIETY
by Richard WALL
Women as household heads.
The extent to which women head households, live entirely
alone, or never marry are clearly key elements of the social structure
of any society. It is somewhat surprising, therefore, to find that the
phenomena have attracted very little attention in comparison with the
attention given, for example, to the notion of the stem family.
How frequently did women head households in past societies ?
Information on the ages of the inhabitants is available only for nine
the Settlement of Religion (Oxford:
Clarendon Press, 1898), p. 161.
CATHEDRALS IN ENGLISHSOCIETY
Cox thought that if "the byshopps earnestly see to the ministers" there
was little need of new orders, "savinge that the cathedrall churches
would be brought to some better frame touchinge exercise of learn-
inge, whose exercyse now is onely in singinge and very little in aedi-
fyinge."8 At Durham, Bishop Barnes found "an Augean stable . . .
whose stink is grievous in the nose of God and of men and which to
purge far passeth Hercules' labours." This was in
Yinogradof f , Pau l , EnglishSociety in the eleventh cen-
tury. Essays in english mediaeval history. (Oxford 1908.)
XII und 599 S.
Nur ein genauer Kenner der englischen Rechtsgeschichte, als
welchen sich V i n o g r a d o f f schon wiederholt gezeigt hat, konnte mit
so sicherem Griff das Jahrhundert herausfinden, das uns am besten
nicht nur die Wandlung des Alten zum Neuen, sondern auch die
beiden Stadien selbst, die durch den normannischen Einfluß geschieden
sind, so deutlich zeigt. Es war ein glücklicher Gedanke des Ver-
George II, 2 vols.
(Trustees of the British Museum, 1885; reprint ed., London: Spink and Son, 1969).
C H A P T E R T H R E E
EnglishSociety in 1685
50 prereVoLuTionary engLand
was elegant, impressive, and popular. It gave the impression that England had changed
rapidly and profoundly since Camden’s day. In “the space of sixty or eighty years,” Gibson
concluded, there had been “a strange alteration in the face of things.” Gibson noted that
“the growth of trade, the increase of buildings, the number of inhabitants, do all make
the appearance very
Obligations of the Church in EnglishSociety:
Military Arrays of the Clergy, 1369-1418
It has been said concerning the division of labor in the Middle Ages
that knights fought, clergy prayed, and peasants worked. Like other
such generalizations, this one is not altogether accurate. Certainly
both knights and peasants could and did pray, and at least some clerks
labored in the fields. But it was against the laws of the church and
the traditions of society that a churchman, particularly one in major
orders, should fight. A cleric
Judith A. Green ,
Forging the Kingdom. Power in EnglishSociety, 973–1189. 2017 Cambridge University Press Cambridge, 9780521158299 ,
£ 19,99 Mit diesem Buch gelingt es Judith Green, die Forschungserfahrung und Fachkenntnis mehrerer Jahrzehnte zu einer prägnanten Überblicksdarstellung der diversen Formen der Macht und deren Ausübung im mittelalterlichen England zu bündeln. Spezielles Augenmerk gilt dabei den verschiedenen Akteuren, die diese Macht entweder individuell, kollektiv oder qua Amt innehatten. In der Einleitung werden zunächst in gebotener Kürze