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The Resource The power of gifts : gift-exchange in early modern England, Felicity Heal, (electronic resource)

The power of gifts : gift-exchange in early modern England, Felicity Heal, (electronic resource)

Label
The power of gifts : gift-exchange in early modern England
Title
The power of gifts
Title remainder
gift-exchange in early modern England
Statement of responsibility
Felicity Heal
Title variation
Gift-exchange in early modern England
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Gifts are always with us: we use them positively to display affection and show gratitude for favours; we suspect that others give and accept them as douceurs and bribes. The gift also performed these roles in early modern English culture: and assumed a more significant role because networks of informal support and patronage were central to social and political behaviour. Favours, and their proper acknowledgement, were preoccupations of the age of Erasmus, Shakespeare, and Hobbes. As in modern society, giving and receiving was complex and full of the potential for social damage. 'Almost nothing', men of the Renaissance learned from that great classical guide to morality, Lucius Annaeus Seneca, 'is more disgraceful than the fact that we do not know how either to give or receive benefits'. This book is about those gifts and benefits - what they were, and how they were offered and received in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It shows that the mode of giving, as well as what was given, was crucial to social bonding and political success. The volume moves from a general consideration of the nature of the gift to an exploration of the politics of giving. In the latter chapters some of the well-known rituals of English court life - the New Year ceremony, royal progresses, diplomatic missions - are viewed through the prism of gift-exchange. Gifts to monarchs or their ministers could focus attention on the donor, those from the crown could offer some assurance of favour. These fundamentals remained the same throughout the century and a half before the Civil War, but the attitude of individual monarchs altered specific behaviour. Elizabeth expected to be wooed with gifts and dispensed benefits largely for service rendered, James I modelled giving as the largesse of the Renaissance prince, Charles I's gift-exchanges focused on the art collecting of his coterie. And always in both politics and the law courts there was the danger that gifts would be corroded, morphing from acceptable behaviour into bribes and corruption. The Power of Gifts explores prescriptive literature, pamphlets, correspondence, legal cases, and financial records, to illuminate social attitudes and behaviour through a rich series of examples and case-studies -- Dust jacket
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OKU
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Heal, Felicity
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Gifts
  • Gifts
  • Ceremonial exchange
  • Ceremonial exchange
Label
The power of gifts : gift-exchange in early modern England, Felicity Heal, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-242) and index
Contents
Society and its gifts. What is a gift? ; Gifts small and great ; Occasions and seasons -- The politics of giving. The politics of gift-exchange under the Tudors ; The early Stuarts and courtly gifting ; Sovereign gifts : the crown and diplomatic exchange ; Bribes and benefits
Control code
ssj0001455888
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 258 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Available to multiple simultaneous users
Isbn
9780199542956
Lccn
2014942698
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001455888
Label
The power of gifts : gift-exchange in early modern England, Felicity Heal, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-242) and index
Contents
Society and its gifts. What is a gift? ; Gifts small and great ; Occasions and seasons -- The politics of giving. The politics of gift-exchange under the Tudors ; The early Stuarts and courtly gifting ; Sovereign gifts : the crown and diplomatic exchange ; Bribes and benefits
Control code
ssj0001455888
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 258 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Available to multiple simultaneous users
Isbn
9780199542956
Lccn
2014942698
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0001455888

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