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Europe at Home : Family and Material Culture, 1500-1800 - Raffaella Sarti

Europe at Home

Family and Material Culture, 1500-1800

By: Raffaella Sarti, Allan Cameron (Translator)


Published: 1st March 2004
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In this fascinating guide to European homes, families, and possessions of the sixteenth through nineteenth centuries, Raffaella Sarti invites us to return to earlier times and observe the daily lives of masters and servants, parents and children, husbands and wives. 'This vivid book takes readers through the daily life of European families at every economic level over three centuries ... This book, with its clear writing and wealth of arresting details, will fascinate and beguile the general reader.' Atlantic Monthly 'The most fascinating work I have read this year.' Eric Hobsbawn, BBC History Magazine 'Sarti deals with a subject of widespread curiosity: how people actually lived in the past. Hers is a wonderful book, tackling questions about housing, furnishings, food, dining, and clothes, and providing one fascinating discussion after another.' David Kertzer, Brown University 'Like a miracle, Raffaella Sarti brings our European ancestors to life.' Jaques le Goff Raffaella Sarti teaches early modern history 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.

"Like a miracle, Raffaella Sarti brings our European ancestors to life."

Preface to the First English Editionp. x
Introductionp. 1
Home and Family: Things Fall Apartp. 9
Did the lack of a home mean the lack of a family?p. 9
Mobile homes, multiple homes and refugesp. 11
Insecure housing and insecure familiesp. 12
Cohabitation and marriagep. 14
Welfare and imprisonmentp. 25
Religious life and family lifep. 28
Family and familiap. 31
Houses with familiesp. 37
Transient distinctionsp. 39
Home and Family: Bringing Things Together or Setting up Homep. 42
Getting marriedp. 42
Trousseaus, bottom drawers and 'complete beds'p. 45
The rich and the poorp. 48
The transfer of propertyp. 50
Who paid?p. 66
The meaning of thingsp. 67
Rites of passagep. 70
So much hard work!p. 74
Configurations of the House and the Familyp. 75
The functions of the housep. 75
Flexible familiesp. 78
Getting along and arguingp. 80
Cohabitation and kinshipp. 82
Shifting patternsp. 84
The Homep. 86
Peasants and towns peoplep. 86
Villages and scattered housesp. 87
Country dwellingsp. 89
Keeping warmp. 92
Innovationsp. 96
Excuse me, can I come in?p. 99
'The luxury of the peasantry'p. 103
Adoption or adaptation?p. 107
The growth of citiesp. 109
The urban environmentp. 110
City lightsp. 117
Firesp. 118
Bedsp. 119
Tables, chairs and socializing togetherp. 123
Pots, dishes and porcelainp. 126
Everything has its place and everything in its placep. 128
Bedrooms and corridorsp. 129
Privacyp. 142
Living and eatingp. 147
Foodp. 148
Good table mannersp. 148
Solidarity and hierarchy at the tablep. 153
Men and women and the preparation of foodp. 157
Who you are depends on when you eat and what you eatp. 167
Eating bread and eating meatp. 172
Dietary innovationsp. 179
Beer and winep. 184
The variety and monotony of foodp. 186
Spinning by the fire as the bread cooksp. 189
Clothingp. 192
Spinning, weaving, sewing and buyingp. 192
Underwear and hygienep. 195
Protection and making oneself attractivep. 201
The monopoly of coloursp. 205
Clothes that categorized peoplep. 207
Liveryp. 211
Inside and Outside the Home: A Few Final Considerationsp. 214
Production and consumptionp. 214
New boundaries and new hierarchiesp. 220
Acknowledgementsp. 241
Notesp. 243
Bibliographyp. 287
Indexp. 318
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ISBN: 9780300102598
ISBN-10: 0300102593
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 384
Published: 1st March 2004
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.7