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Becoming BourgeoisLove, Kinship, and Power in Provincial France, 1670-1880$
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Christopher H. Johnson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453984

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453984.001.0001

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The Way of Print

The Way of Print

(p.31) Chapter One The Way of Print
Becoming Bourgeois

Christopher H. Johnson

Cornell University Press

This chapter traces the history of the Galles family, starting with Noel Galles’s arrival in Caen. Noel, a journeyman printer, had three sons who all changed their given names to French spellings and wed women with French surnames whose fathers were in urban trades. His first son, Ian, arrived in Vannes to take up an apprenticeship with Jessé Robert, the scion of a printing house long established in the city. A fourth became a priest, which may have been a factor in the original emigration. This chapter discusses the strategy practiced by Ian Galles, now Jean Galles, and his new affines that was quite typical of old regime kinship construction: unequal marriage within a circumscribed status domain. It also considers how religion and politics affected the Jean Galles enterprise; the Galles family’s intellectualism and cultural capital, and how Galles and Son became a major publishing house.

Keywords:   marriage, Galles family, Noel Galles, printing, Jean Galles, kinship, intellectualism, cultural capital, Galles and Son, publishing

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