The ties that bind : seventeenth-century Scottish families in life-writings
In the early modern world advice literature showed the family as a reflection of the state, a miniature kingdom in which the husband, as family head, acted much as a ruling monarch, with his wife, children and servants rendered his subjects. Although many seventeenth-century individuals chose to uphold traditional social conventions about proper behavior, not all family relationships fit the mold. Therefore, in an effort to uncover the experiences of seventeenth-century families, this thesis will focus on the relationships formed between spouses, parents and children, and siblings. It is on this small sampling of middling and upper class Scottish families, that we can see many common characteristics that were likely present in many early modern family relationships.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
CommitteeJames-Cavan, Kathleen; Handy, Jim; Deutscher, Thomas B.
Copyright DateAugust 2007
parents and children
early modern families