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My 10th great grandparents seem to have been fined 5 pounds apiece, supposedly for fornication, in the late 17th C. Within days, they were married.Who knew? This book says right about 1 bride in 5 married while pregnant back then. Hmmmm.... my mother told me that NEVER happened in the good old days. Lol. I wish she was still alive to give her a copy of this book!Great book to fill in the gaps of social history which surround our ancestors.
If I could give half stars, I would for this book--making my rating a 3.5 out of 5.First, my positive impressions of the book. The book is very accessible, well-crafted, and smartly written. Although one of Thompson's main goals is to test an argument of Lawrence Stone about changes in family structure/life in the Anglo-Atlantic world, this is a small part of the book and one needs little knowledge of Stone's argument or the larger historiographical discussion Stone and Thompson are a part of to...
The author does not have the evidence necessary to back up his claims. Assumptions are made based on little more than wishful thinking. What could have been a great research project, if based on a wider area, is a disappointment.
Tends to be a bit tedious.
prob bought 2010 there is a receipt in some tax yearsubtitle: Popular mores in a MA county 1649-1699