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The Ends of Life: Roads to Fulfillment in Early Modern England

The Ends of Life Roads to Fulfillment in Early Modern England Hailed as immediately and universally recognized as indispensable TLS and compellingly readable richly researched fascinatingly detailed delightfully written LRB here is a masterful exploration o

  • Title: The Ends of Life: Roads to Fulfillment in Early Modern England
  • Author: Keith Thomas
  • ISBN: 9780199247233
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hailed as immediately and universally recognized as indispensable TLS and compellingly readable, richly researched, fascinatingly detailed, delightfully written LRB , here is a masterful exploration of the ways in which people sought to lead fulfilling lives, illuminating the central values of early modern England, while casting incidental light on some of the perenHailed as immediately and universally recognized as indispensable TLS and compellingly readable, richly researched, fascinatingly detailed, delightfully written LRB , here is a masterful exploration of the ways in which people sought to lead fulfilling lives, illuminating the central values of early modern England, while casting incidental light on some of the perennial problems of human existence Keith Thomas, one of the foremost historians of our time, sheds light on the origins of the modern ideal of human fulfillment and explores the many obstacles to its realization, looking at work, wealth, possessions, friendship, family, and sociability The book looks at the cult of military prowess, the pursuit of honor and reputation, the nature of religious belief, and the desire to be posthumously remembered The Ends of Life offers a fresh approach to the history of early modern England, providing modern readers with much food for thought on the problem of how we should live and what goals in life we should pursue.

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    1. Over his long career, Keith Thomas has written a trio of books that are essential reading for anyone interested in the social history of early modern England, with this being his most recent. The theme that it tackles is a perennial one: how to live a good, as in a fulfilled, life. Whereas the reader will encounter goals and attitudes that are not so distant from our own today, there are many beliefs and practices – unsurprisingly found more towards the beginning of the period in question (the [...]

    2. Heavy with research and the voices of the time, it almost felt that every sentence was in part a quotation. Even with abbreviated end note detail, the notes were one third of the book, so this book is massively researched. Aside from making religion perhaps more otherworldy than it really was, his choices of details and arguments were wonderful and Thomas provides entrance into the changing cultural values of early modern England (1500 to 1800). At times chronology and change over time are lost [...]

    3. The Ends of Life is a historical study of the things that English people found fulfilling in the period roughly from the English Reformation to the American Revolution. This spans a fascinating period of history, from the end of chivalry and united Catholicism, through the English Reformation, and the rise of finance and the Industrial Revolution. What people found to be desirable in life is a fascinating study.Thomas's prose is good and readable. It uses its fair share of difficult language, bu [...]

    4. So much of what we do today began so long ago. We forget there was a time when people thought about life differently. It makes you wonder what future generations will think about things in a far different way than we do.This is a wonderful, insightful book useful not only for British folk, but Americans too.

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