chapter  7
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The Family

Any study of the seventeenth-century family must start with the awareness that individualism was then only beginning to bud. For many Englishmen the family was the smallest recognisable unit of society. They identified not through the individual ego, but through membership in a family group. The effects on outlook were subtle but profound-as though modern man were permanently a member of a rowing eight, lacking any meaningful identity if parted from the rest of the crew.