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Mutualities and Obligations: Changing Social Relationships in Early Modern England

KEITH WRIGHTSON

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures

Published by British Academy

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263945
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734038 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.003.0007

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Mutualities and Obligations: Changing Social Relationships in Early Modern England

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This chapter discusses a theme for a variety of relationships of mutuality and obligation in early modern England. Relationships of mutual obligation are discussed, and are described as being ‘the most fundamental of all the bonds in medieval society’. Sometime between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries however, these bonds went through a fundamental change, via a process of erosion and dissolution. The chapter examines these processes of change, concluding with an attempt to characterise the overall process of change.

Keywords: mutual obligation; mutuality; obligation; process of erosion; dissolution; processes of change

Chapter.  17354 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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