Family and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England

Household, Kinship and Patronage

by Naomi Tadmor

This 2001 book concerns the history of the family in eighteenth-century England. Naomi Tadmor provides an interpretation of concepts of household, family and kinship starting from her analysis of contemporary language (in the diaries of Thomas Turner; in conduct treatises by Samuel Richardson and Eliza Haywood; in three novels, Richardson's Pamela and Clarissa and Haywood's The History of Miss Betsy Thoughtless and a variety of other sources). Naomi Tadmor emphasises the importance of the household in constructing notions of the family in the eighteenth century. She uncovers a vibrant language of kinship which recasts our understanding of kinship ties in the period. She also shows how strong ties of 'friendship' formed vital social, economic and political networks among kin and non-kin. Family and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England makes a substantial contribution to eighteenth-century history, and will be of value to all historians and literary scholars of the period.

  • Cambridge University Press; November 2001
  • ISBN: 9780511034299
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  • Title: Family and Friends in Eighteenth-Century England
  • Author: Naomi Tadmor
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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'… Its main contribution lies in its emphasis on the complexity of the social and familial relationships which lay behind the apparently simple social and household structure of eighteenth-century England. Though this complexity is increasingly recognised in quantitative historiography, its true extent is revealed even more clearly by the qualitative documents analysed here.' Local Population Studies