Family and Household: John Heritage and his Contemporaries

Christopher Dyer

in A Country Merchant, 1495-1520

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199214242
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740954 | DOI:
Family and Household: John Heritage and his Contemporaries

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This chapter follows John Heritage's life from upbringing in his father's household, his education and training through service, his own marriage and children, alongside the marriages and careers of his brothers and sisters. The Heritage family is compared with others in the surrounding villages and towns. Families, best described as patriarchal, were disciplinarian and supportive. Inheritance was increasing in importance. Heritage himself inherited his father's farm, but after participating in the depopulation of his home village, he moved to his wife's home town and began a new career as a wool merchant. He was characteristic of his age in his willingness to migrate, and by benefiting from patronage.

Keywords: family; household; marriage; patriarchy; inheritance; migration; patronage

Chapter.  15272 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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