French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century

ISBN-10: 0521312698
ISBN-13: 9780521312691
Edition: 1986
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Description: Pierre Goubert is perhaps the foremost contemporary historian of the French peasantry, and in this book he synthesises the work of a lifetime to produce a vivid, readable, and uniquely accessible account of rural life in seventeenth-century France.  More...

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Book details

List price: $49.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/26/1986
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Pierre Goubert is perhaps the foremost contemporary historian of the French peasantry, and in this book he synthesises the work of a lifetime to produce a vivid, readable, and uniquely accessible account of rural life in seventeenth-century France. Much of the very latest scholarship is incorporated in Professor Goubert's survey, which examines not only such crucial external relationships as those between peasant and priest, that existed within the peasantry themselves. In clear and uncondescending prose Professor Goubert paints a broad picture of peasant life as it was lived from the cradle to the grave, and depicts above all the multi-faceted variety (whether regional, social, or economic) of pre-modern France. As a further aid to students this English-language edition also contains a new supplementary bibliography.

Preface
A bird's-eye view of the French countryside
Peasants and the land in the seventeenth century: possession and 'holdings'
Houses: outside and in
Birth and survival
Peasant marriage
The different types of peasant families
Daily bread
Labourers at work
The well-off and the wealthy: or from the farmer to the tax collector, by way of the money-lender
Vine-growers
Peasants-plus: or from the semi-artisan to the semi-shopkeeper, via the schoolmaster and various other figures
The peasant and his parish priest
The peasant and his seigneur
Peasant power
The peasants and taxation
Peasants in the revolts of the seventeenth century
Sundays and feast days
Death and the peasant
Bibliography and acknowledgements
Supplementary bibliography
Index

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