The Family Life of Ralph Josselin: A Seventeenth-Century Clergyman

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“The great merit of Macfarlane’s book is that it poses questions; it teaches historians to look very much more closely, and in new ways, at familiar evidence; it brings familiar relationships into the centre of scrutiny; and it offers, in a significant way, the unit of one man’s life, and of one man’s economic fortunes, as a focus of study.” ―E. P. Thompson, Midland History

Ralph Josselin, vicar of Earls Colne in Essex from 1641 to his death in 1683, kept for almost forty years a remarkably detailed account of his life―his mental and emotional world as well as his activities. Few diaries from this period afford such a rounded picture of a family from so many aspects. Alan Macfarlane, a historian and lecturer in social anthropology at Cambridge University, explores through the diary Josselin’s life as a farmer, businessman, Puritan clergyman, neighbor, husband, and father, providing a unique view of seventeenth-century life from the inside.

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Ralph Josselin kept for almost forty years a remarkably detailed account of his life- his mental and emotional world as well as his activities. Few diaries from this period afford such a rounded picture of a family from so many aspects.

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Alan MacFarlane is Professor of Anthropological Science at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College. In 1986 he was elected a Fellow of the British Economy. His previous books include "The Origins of English Individualism," (1978)" Marriage and Love in England" (1986) and "The Culture of Capitalism" (1987), all published by Blackwell Publishers Ltd.

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9780393008494: The Family Life of Ralph Josselin, a Seventeenth-Century Clergyman: An Essay in Historical Anthropology (The Norton Library)

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