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The French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century - Pierre Goubert

The French Peasantry in the Seventeenth Century

By: Pierre Goubert, Ian Patterson (Translator)

Paperback Published: 25th August 1986
ISBN: 9780521312691
Number Of Pages: 256

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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.

'[This book] provides by far the most lucid summary of what is known about the environment and daily preoccupations of the peasantry, tempered by a constant awareness of the fact that the overwhelming majority never possessed very much and left little behind with which to reconstruct their world; Goubert's final chapter on Death and the Peasant, which in part is a rebuke at those who fail to recognize the acute limitations of the evidence, concludes with an emphatic reminder of the impenetrability of the peasants' deepest thoughts, in the face of which 'the historian can only remain silent'. It is this scepticism, harnessed to Goubert's formidable erudition, which enables him to distil from his own research and an extensive secondary literature the essential features of peasant life and its larger historical context ... His empathetic insight, balanced judgment and grasp of technicalities combine to produce a highly readable essay, offering the sort of rich and stimulating perspective which comes from a lifetime's reflection.' The Times Literary Supplement

Prefacep. ix
A bird's-eye view of the French countrysidep. 1
Peasants and the land in the seventeenth century: possession and 'holdings'p. 23
Houses: outside and inp. 35
Birth and survivalp. 44
Peasant marriagep. 60
The different types of peasant familiesp. 70
Daily breadp. 82
Labourers at workp. 97
The well-off and the wealthy: or from the farmer to the tax collector, by way of the money-lenderp. 110
Vine-growersp. 122
Peasants-plus: or from the semi-artisan to the semi-shopkeeper, via the schoolmaster and various other figuresp. 135
The peasant and his parish priestp. 148
The peasant and his seigneurp. 166
Peasant powerp. 178
The peasants and taxationp. 188
Peasants in the revolts of the seventeenth centuryp. 205
Sundays and feast daysp. 220
Death and the peasantp. 228
Bibliography and acknowledgementsp. 237
Supplementary bibliographyp. 238
Indexp. 240
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ISBN: 9780521312691
ISBN-10: 0521312698
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 25th August 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.36