Affection for Children? The Peacham/ Longleat Manuscript
The Peacham/ Longleat Manuscript; Titus Andronicus?; 1595?
A Revolution in Family Life?: Criticisms
Stone’s overlapping periods make his thesis difficult to pin down, or refute; patriarchalist ideas predated the Reformation; Protestantism/ puritanism contributed little to thinking about the family; claim that people lacked affection for spouses/ children hard to sustain; romantic love in Romeo and Juliet; marriages as property transactions - applies only to rich; Stone links lack of affection to high mortality – but mortality remained high in early eighteenth century.
An alternative view: Alan Macfarlane and unchanging marriage
Alan Macfarlane, Marriage and Love in England: modes of reproduction 1300-1840, 1986:
Affection between spouses, and between parents and children, was common throughout.
Parents tried to influence their children’s marriage choices, but marriages resulted from affection except among the really rich, where property was important.
Economics did matter; people got married only when they could afford to (does not explain late-1600s escape from Malthusian trap).