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Published: 12 February 2009

428 Pages | 14 black and white plates and 10 black and white halftones


ISBN: 9780199247233

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The Ends of Life

Roads to Fulfilment in Early Modern England

Keith Thomas

  • A unique window onto the origins of our modern ideas of human fulfilment
  • Brings to life the ways in which people sought to lead fulfilling lives at the dawn of the modern age - from work, wealth, and possessions to the pleasures of family, friendship, and sociability
  • Compares the opinions of the leading thinkers of the period with the views and practices of ordinary people
  • Illuminates the central values of the period while providing much food for thought on the perennial problem of how we should live our lives and the goals that we should pursue