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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