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By Neil McKendrick, R. B. Outhwaite

This number of unique essays is a tribute to Donald Coleman, Emeritus Professor of financial heritage within the collage of Cambridge, Fellow of Pembroke university, Cambridge, and previously Professor of monetary heritage on the London university of Economics. The essays are contributed via acquaintances, former scholars and co-workers to honour him in his retirement. they vary, as does Donald Coleman's paintings itself, from the 16th to the 20 th centuries, and replicate, in alternative ways, his precise skills and pursuits. specific issues are mirrored within the essays: the operations of businessmen and enterprise values in historical past, and the standards that formed and stimulated executive rules.

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Great landowners, he suggested, were equally generous to all their younger children, irrespective of sex. 1 suggests that there was comparatively little rise before the late sixteenth century (1575-99), too late for the dissolution to have been an immediate cause. Crisis, p. 649. R. Thompson, Women in Stuart England and America (London, 1974), pp. 21-52. So much so that one is almost tempted to say that there is no such thing as a J. P. Cooper 'conclusion'. 28 R. B. OUTHWAITE great landowners. 19 Clearly historians are not in agreement on many aspects.

The ordinary bill committee appointed on second reading consisted offifteenmembers, and it says something about the bill that not one of them was a privy councillor. The most likely explanation is that the government wanted to keep clear of the conflict of interests involved in the measure. Instead, the chair was taken by Owen Hopton, lieutenant of the Tower and knight of the shire for Middlesex, and it may not be without 43 44 45 A paper schedule of a m e n d m e n t s m a d e in committee is attached to t h e Original Act.

E. A. Wrigley and R. S. Schofield, The Population History of England 1541-1871: A Reconstruction (London, 1981), p. 224 and sources there cited. Thompson, Women in Stuart England, pp. 31-2. 32 R. B. OUTHWAITE Table 2 . 3 . 6 rates to agefiftywere again consistently better for females than males, with the discrepancy being particularly marked for those born in late Elizabethan and Jacobean England. At this point we must introduce another causal element into the explanation - the means by which status was transmitted.

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