The education and training of gentry sons in early modern England*

@article{Wallis2011TheEA,
  title={The education and training of gentry sons in early modern England*},
  author={Patrick Wallis and C. Morgan Webb},
  journal={Social History},
  year={2011},
  volume={36},
  pages={36 - 53}
}
This paper explores the education and training received by the sons of the English gentry in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Using information from the herald’s visitations of four counties, it offers quantitative evidence of the proportion of gentry children who entered university, spent time at one of the inns of court or became apprentices in London. We show that over the period there was little change in the educational destinations of gentry sons: university and… 
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