Europe at Home Family and Material Culture, 1500-1800

ISBN-10: 0300102593
ISBN-13: 9780300102598
Edition: 2004
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Book details

List price: $39.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 3/11/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Raffaella Sarti teaches methodology of historical research at the University of Urbino. Italy, and is associate member of the Centre de Recherches Historiques of the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris.

Preface to the First English Edition
Introduction
Home and Family: Things Fall Apart
Did the lack of a home mean the lack of a family?
Mobile homes, multiple homes and refuges
Insecure housing and insecure families
Cohabitation and marriage
Welfare and imprisonment
Religious life and family life
Family and familia
Houses with families
Transient distinctions
Home and Family: Bringing Things Together or Setting up Home
Getting married
Trousseaus, bottom drawers and 'complete beds'
The rich and the poor
The transfer of property
Who paid?
The meaning of things
Rites of passage
So much hard work!
Configurations of the House and the Family
The functions of the house
Flexible families
Getting along and arguing
Cohabitation and kinship
Shifting patterns
The Home
Peasants and towns people
Villages and scattered houses
Country dwellings
Keeping warm
Innovations
Excuse me, can I come in?
'The luxury of the peasantry'
Adoption or adaptation?
The growth of cities
The urban environment
City lights
Fires
Beds
Tables, chairs and socializing together
Pots, dishes and porcelain
Everything has its place and everything in its place
Bedrooms and corridors
Privacy
Living and eating
Food
Good table manners
Solidarity and hierarchy at the table
Men and women and the preparation of food
Who you are depends on when you eat and what you eat
Eating bread and eating meat
Dietary innovations
Beer and wine
The variety and monotony of food
Spinning by the fire as the bread cooks
Clothing
Spinning, weaving, sewing and buying
Underwear and hygiene
Protection and making oneself attractive
The monopoly of colours
Clothes that categorized people
Livery
Inside and Outside the Home: A Few Final Considerations
Production and consumption
New boundaries and new hierarchies
Acknowledgements
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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