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The History of Myddle (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

Richard Gough
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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reissue edition (25 Feb 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140433147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140433142
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 947,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Written between the years 1700 and 1706, Richard Gough's history of Myddle in Shropshire is a biographical profile of a complete village during the 17th century. Gough wrote brief biographies of many of the people living in the village, derived from his own personal experience and observation spanning the period from the civil war up to the beginning of the 18th century. The present edition is introduced by Dr Peter Razell, with a text which has been edited and modernized so as to eliminate material of purely antiquarian interest. This newly-set edition may be of interest to social historians, sociologists and the general reading public. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for genealogy 21 Mar 2010
This is a unique and fascinating book about everyday life in the seventeenth century and remains a "must have" on every genealogists bookshelf. Written about a Parish in Shropshire, the book could apply to almost any Parish in England with its wonderful and varied details of society at that time. Richard Gough has a fascinating way of telling his tale by refering to each pew in his Church in turn and the people or families that sat there. The book is based mainly on his own personal observations and he never shys away from telling it as he sees it, even calling the daughters of one of the parishioners "imprudent whores". My family comes from Kent & Sussex but I still found this book useful for my research on genealogy and social history. Written between 1700 and 1706, I found it easy to read, entertaining and informative.
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I bought it for myself. It is a hard back in excellent condition. - I also purchased a different (more expensive) edition as a gift for a friend which, to my great disappointment, was a paper back in poor condition (although it was described as "good") which I kept for myself. I gave the hard back edition to my friend and in future I will read the description more carefully and not use price as a guide. In this case the fact that it was shipped from America upped the cost of course.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Primary English Source 1701 3 Dec 2011
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The History of Myddle

Myddle was and still is a village in Shropshire, England. Today it has its own informative website.

Richard Gough was living there during the Stuart period. He was getting on in years and knew all about his neighbours - who owned what land, who married who, who their parents were and what land they either owned or leased and who had what skeletons in the cupboard. He wrote his book about the inhabitants using the seating plan of the church as a framework so, at a time when church attendance was all but compulsory, almost all the inhabitants of Myddle were included. He was writing in the early 1700s but as he was also recalling his memories of the ancestors of the people his information goes well back into the seventeenth century. You can read how the Civil War, the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, the Restoration, enclosures of land, the workings of the Poor Law and the plague affected the people of Myddle.

Richard Gough has a pithy and succint mode of expressing his views. I particularly like:
"Shee was more commendable for her beauty than her chastity." and
"William imitated his Grandfather's villanyes, and the three daughters followed their Mother's vices."

There are happy stories of people prospering and making a comfortable life for themselves and their families. But there are sad stories too, like the man who fell on hard times, lost his home and left Myddle. Some years later he was found dead in an early winter's morning outsde his former home.

This edition of Gough's book has extensive end notes and references which will be most helpful for the serious reader.

If you enjoy contemporary history about real people ie a primary historical source, rather than modern historical fiction, you will quickly become absorbed in Richard Gough's account of Myddle. If you are studying the period or intend writing and publishing material on English life in the late seventeenth century then Gough's book is an essential resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great service 10 Feb 2008
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This is a difficult book to read because it is written in old English but it is worth the read.
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