Academic journal article Parergon

Probate Inventories of French Immigrants in Early Modern London

Academic journal article Parergon

Probate Inventories of French Immigrants in Early Modern London

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Parker, Greig, Probate Inventories of French Immigrants in Early Modern London, Farnham, Ashgate, 2014; hardback; pp. 348; 1 map; R.R.P. [pounds sterling]80.00; ISBN 9781472420855.

The volume that Greig Parker has compiled makes a valuable contribution to the discourse on material culture circulating in early modern London. It also adds to the thinking on lifestyles of French immigrants to early modern London. His well-considered introduction reflects upon the evidence probate inventories provide, offering pros and cons for understanding French immigrant domestic material culture. I found his thoughts around the use of these documents insightful and reflective of his archaeological background. Challenges of providing a balance sample, given the paucity of such evidence for women, has been addressed, as far as possible, and the resulting probate transcriptions of ninety-two inventories include fifteen for women. The sample spans the dates from the 1660s to 1740s, and the transcriptions are arranged chronologically. The spread of wealth and investment in material goods is well demonstrated by the inventories Parker has chosen to include. …

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