Of Hair and Heart: Understanding the Materialisation of Love among the English in the Seventeenth Century

Sarah Ann Robin (Lancaster University)
11 October 2013

This paper discusses the way in which material objects can provide a greater understanding of heterosexual love in 17th-century England. Sarah Ann Robin describes the way in which her five-part methodology has allowed her to fully explore the complex functions and meanings of individual objects and how they correspond to occasions such as weddings and funerals. Robin particularly emphasises the importance of quantitative analysis when looking at this topic, in order to assess trends and patterns in material objects and to plot changes over time, and ultimately to provide a reflection of the widespread language of emotion used in early modern England.

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