This edited volume examines how individuals and communities defined and negotiated the boundaries between inclusion and exclusion in England between 1550 and 1800. It aims to uncover how men, women, and children from a wide range of social and religious backgrounds experienced and enacted exclusion in their everyday lives.

Negotiating Exclusion takes a fresh and challenging look at early modern England’s distinctive cultures of exclusion under three broad themes: exclusion and social relations; the boundaries of community; and exclusions in ritual, law, and bureaucracy. The volume shows that exclusion was a central feature of everyday life and social relationships in this period. Its chapters also offer new insights into how the history of exclusion can be usefully investigated through different sources and innovative methodologies, and in relation to the experiences of people not traditionally defined as "marginal."

The book includes a comprehensive overview of the historiography of exclusion and chapters from leading scholars. This makes it an ideal introduction to exclusion for students and researchers of early modern English and European history. Due to its strong theoretical underpinnings, it will also appeal to modern historians and sociologists interested in themes of identity, inclusion, exclusion, and community.

chapter |23 pages


Approaching Early Modern Exclusion and Inclusion
ByNaomi Pullin, Kathryn Woods

part I|90 pages

Exclusion and Social Relations

chapter 1|17 pages

Domestic Exclusions

The Politics of the Household in Early Modern England
ByBernard Capp

chapter 2|24 pages

The Language of Exclusion

‘Bastard’ in Early Modern England
ByKate Gibson

part II|64 pages

The Boundaries of Community

chapter 6|20 pages

Defining the Boundaries of Community?

Experiences of Parochial Inclusion and Pregnancy Outside Wedlock in Early Modern England
ByCharmian Mansell

part III|61 pages

Exclusions in Ritual, Law, and Bureaucracy

chapter 8|19 pages

Failing at Patriarchy

Gender, Exclusion, and Violence, 1560‒1640
BySusan D. Amussen

chapter 9|21 pages

They ‘Know as Much at Thirteen as If They Had Been Mid-Wives of Twenty Years Standing’

Girls and Sexual Knowledge in Early Modern England
BySarah Toulalan

chapter |9 pages


ByAndrew Spicer