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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263945

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.001.0001

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Mutualities and Obligations: Changing Social Relationships in Early Modern England

Mutualities and Obligations: Changing Social Relationships in Early Modern England

Raleigh Lecture On History

Chapter:
(p.157) Mutualities and Obligations: Changing Social Relationships in Early Modern England
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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 139, 2005 Lectures
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KEITH WRIGHTSON

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263945.003.0007

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

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