The Social Life of the Early Modern Protestant Clergy

Editor(s) Jacqueline Eales,Beverly Tjerngren

Language: English

Genre(s): Religion, History

  • January 2021 · 160 pages ·210x148mm

  • · Paperback - 9781786837141
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786837158
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786837165

About The Book

The Social Life of the Early Modern Protestant Clergy provides unexpected new insights on the lives of the early modern English and Swedish clergy through case studies and broader surveys. Rosamund Oates demonstrates how the first generations of clergy wives in England used hospitality to support their husbands in the process of reform. Jacqueline Eales examines the shift from the sixteenth-century debate about the legality of clerical marriage to a positive portrayal of women from English clerical families in the years 1620–1720. William Gibson challenges the view that the eighteenth-century English episcopate were rapacious, arguing that they were often careful custodians of episcopal estates. Jonas Lindström analyses the account books of late eighteenth-century pastor Gustaf Berg to illustrate his economic ties with his parishioners, which ran alongside their religious and social relationships. Drawing on Swedish evidence, Beverly Tjerngren charts the decline of hospitality evident in the home of widowed pastor Adolph Adde in the late eighteenth century. Finally, Jon Stobart examines the aspirations to gentility of the late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Northamptonshire clergy through their domestic material culture.


‘This volume deals with protestant clergy. In innovative ways, a hitherto unknown history of everyday lives emerges. The importance of the clerical household stands clear, and studies of the women, the credit relations and the material culture result in a new picture of a clergy aligned with genteel habits and involved in multifaceted economic networks.’
Gudrun Andersson, Associate Professor in History, Uppsala University

‘These engaging essays offer thought-provoking glimpses of various aspects of clerical social life in England and Sweden. Prominent themes include marriage and the household, environment and economy. The contributors draw on a rich variety of sources, ranging from sermons and exemplary biographies to account books and inventories.’
Ralph Houlbrooke, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Reading

About the Editor(s)

Author(s): Jacqueline Eales

Jacqueline Eales is Professor Emeritus at Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Author(s): Beverly Tjerngren

Beverly Tjerngren is a PhD condidate at the Department of History at Uppsala University.

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