Communities in Early Modern England: Networks, Place, Rhetoric

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Alexandra Shepard, P. J. Withington, Phil Withington
Manchester University Press, 2000 - History - 276 pages
This volume attempts to rediscover the richness of community in the early modern world - through bringing together a range of fascinating material on the wealth of interactions that operated in the public sphere. Divided into three parts the book looks at: the importance of place - ranging from the Parish, to communities of crime, to the place of political culture, Community and Networks - how individuals were bound into communities by religious, professional and social networksthe value of rhetoric in generating community - from the King's English to the use of 'public' as a rhetorical community. Explores the many ways in which people utilised communication, space, and symbols to constitute communities in early modern England. Highly interdisciplinary - incorporating literary material, history, religion, medical, political and cultural histories together, will be of interest to specialists, students and anyone concerned with the meaning and practice of community, past and present.
 

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Contents

PART I
7
NETWORKS
18
networking by female medical practitioners
38
William Blundell and the networks of Catholic dissent
54
the evidence
76
PART 11
86
PLACE
96
imagining criminal communities in London
115
Citizens community and political culture in Restoration England
134
historical changes in
156
the role
180
The public as a rhetorical community in early modern England
199
Contesting communities? Town and gown in Cambridge
216
John Houghtons
235
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Alexandra Shepard is Lecturer in History at the University of Sussex
Phil Withington is Lecturer in Cultural History at the University of Aberdeen

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