The Family Life of Ralph Josselin, a Seventeenth-Century Clergyman

The Family Life of Ralph Josselin, a Seventeenth-Century Clergyman : An Essay in Historical Anthropology

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Ralph Josselin, vicar of Earls Colne in Essex from 1641 to his death in 1683, kept for almost forty years a remarkably detailed account of his life-his mental and emotional world as well as his activities. Few diaries from this period afford such a rounded picture of a family from so many aspects. Alan Macfarlane, a historian and lecturer in social anthropology at Cambridge University, explores through the diary Josselin's life as a farmer, businessman, Puritan clergyman, neighbor, husband, and father, providing a unique view of seventeenth-century life from the inside.

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  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 121.92 x 185.42 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • Ill.
  • 0393008495
  • 9780393008494
  • 1,264,296

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Ralph Josselin kept for almost forty years a remarkably detailed account of his life- his mental and emotional world as well as his activities. Few diaries from this period afford such a rounded picture of a family from so many aspects.

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