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

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

Keith Thomas


Hailed as "immediately and universally well-known as critical" (TLS) and "compellingly readable, richly researched, fascinatingly certain, delightfully written" (LRB), here's a masterful exploration of the ways that humans sought to guide gratifying lives, illuminating the significant values of early sleek England, whereas casting incidental mild on a number of the perennial difficulties of human life. Keith Thomas, one of many prime historians of our time, sheds mild at the origins of the trendy excellent of human achievement and explores the numerous stumbling blocks to its attention, taking a look at paintings, wealth, possessions, friendship, family members, and sociability. The booklet appears to be like on the cult of army prowess, the pursuit of honor and popularity, the character of spiritual trust, and the need to be posthumously remembered. The Ends of Life bargains a clean method of the heritage of early glossy England, offering glossy readers with a lot meals for concept at the challenge of the way we should always reside and what ambitions in existence we must always pursue.

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