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The male head of household was regarded as the ruler of the miniature state of the home, but as the Stuarts discovered over the course of the century, theoretical sovereignty was not the same thing as absolute power. Samuel Pepys’s diary offers an intimate glimpse of the domestic politics of seventeenth-century married life. On one occasion, he scolded his wife Elizabeth for immodest dress: At noon home to dinner, where my wife and I fell out, I being displeased with her cutting away a lace handkerchief so wide about the neck, down to her breasts almost, out of a belief (but without reason) that it is the fashion.
A variety of measures had been enacted to control or suppress Catholicism: Catholics were forbidden to hold office in the government or military, their freedom of travel was subject to strict controls, they could be fined for failure to attend services at the parish church, and Catholic priests and Catholic Mass were prohibited, except in the private residences of foreign ambassadors. The zeal with which these laws were enforced varied by time and place over the course of the century, but even when enforcement was lax, anti-Catholic sentiment was widespread, and Catholics were not included in the religious toleration granted in 1689.
15 NOTES 1. On the population, see Keith Wrightson, Earthly Necessities: Economic Lives in Early Modern Britain (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000), 229; Jeremy Society and Government 33 Boulton, Neighbourhood and Society: A London Suburb in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987), 3; E. A. Wrigley and R. S. Schofield, The Population History of England 1541–1871 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981), 208–9. 2. Angus Fraser, The Gypsies (Cambridge: Blackwell, 1992), 133, 139.
Mao's Road to Power: Revolutionary Writings 1912-1949 : The Pre-Marxist Period, 1912-1920 (Mao's Road to Power: Revolutionary Writings, 1912-1949 Vol.1) by Mao Tse Tung