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The Ends of Life Roads to Fulfilment in Early Modern England by Keith (Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford) Thomas
  

The Ends of Life Roads to Fulfilment in Early Modern England

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The Ends of Life Roads to Fulfilment in Early Modern England by Keith (Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford) Thomas

How should we live? That question was no less urgent for English men and women who lived between the early sixteenth and late eighteenth centuries than for this book's readers. Keith Thomas's masterly exploration of the ways in which people sought to lead fulfilling lives in those centuries between the beginning of the Reformation and the heyday of the Enlightenment illuminates the central values of the period, while casting incidental light on some of the perennial problems of human existence. Consideration of the origins of the modern ideal of human fulfilment and of obstacles to its realization in the early modern period frames an investigation that ranges from work, wealth, and possessions to the pleasures of friendship, family, and sociability. The cult of military prowess, the pursuit of honour and reputation, the nature of religious belief and scepticism, and the desire to be posthumously remembered are all drawn into the discussion, and the views and practices of ordinary people are measured against the opinions of the leading philosophers and theologians of the time. The Ends of Life offers a fresh approach to the history of early modern England, by one of the foremost historians of our time. It also provides modern readers with much food for thought on the problem of how we should live and what goals in life we should pursue.

Reviews

A pleasure to read * Michael Dirda, Washington Post * A compellingly readable book, richly researched, fascinatingly detailed, delightfully written... [Thomas's] vast and voracious acquaintance with the printed trace of the early modern past is on display once again. * Eamonn Duffy, London Review of Books, 23 July 2009 *


About the Author

Sir Keith Thomas is a Fellow of All Souls College and former President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is the author of several highly acclaimed books on early modern England, including Religion and the Decline of Magic, which won the Wolfson Literary Award for History in 1972. A former trustee of the National Gallery and the British Museum, he is an Honorary Vice-President of the Royal Historical Society and was President of the British Academy between 1993 and 1997.

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Publication date

25th February 2010

Author

Keith (Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford) Thomas

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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories


Social & cultural history
Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
Religion & beliefs

ISBN

9780199580835

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