David A. Postles
New Academia Publishing, 2007
388 Pages, 19 Illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9794488-5-0 Paperback

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About the Author

David Postles is University Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Leicester. For many years, he was Marc Fitch Research Fellow in the School of Historical Studies in the same university. He was formerly a medievalist with a strong publication list in that area, but recently he has converted to early-modern English history, publishing in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, in Social History, and in the Journal of Historical Sociology. His latest book is Social Proprieties: Social Relations in Early-Modern England (1500-1690).

About the book

There have been for some time historians who have been concerned about the relationship between society and space/place (more so the latter). Some have chosen to approach the rhetoric or representations of space and place, in the cultural vein; others have focused on the experience of space and place, the social and the political. The two were not, of course, separable, and all historians have been sensitive to the interdependencies.

In this book, an attempt is made to begin to understand the relationships between different social groups and social categories with the spaces and places which they inhabited and moved through and whether or not their life-courses they were able to make an attachment to place. The book engages with different social groups, different times, and different spaces and places – with that emphasis on the importance of difference. Its concern is with times before the beginnings of modernity.