Boys Together. English Public Schools 1800-1864..
Bound original brown cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has sunned spine and small chips along top edge.
Yale University Press.,
Large 8vo. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. 411 +  pp.
Illustrated by 16 pages of plates.
Before the Clarendon Commission reforms of 1862-64, the English public school was a jungle inhabited by a warlike tribe of self-governing boys, into whose social, sporting and moral lives, the masters were not admitted. Boys were chiefly educated by street fighting, poaching and rioting and accused of acquiring a taste for liquor and ' a passion for female society of the most depraved kind.' The author uses contemporary accounts to examine all aspects of public school life, from academics and sports to vice, discipline, fagging, initiation rites and religion.
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