OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Bride Ales and Penny Weddings: Recreations, Reciprocity, and Regions in Britain from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries

ISBN : 9780199680870

参考価格(税込): 
¥15,884
著者: 
R. A. Houston
ページ
272 ページ
フォーマット
Hardcover
サイズ
162 x 241 mm
刊行日
2014年03月
メール送信
印刷

Some of the poorest regions of historic Britain had some of its most vibrant festivities. Between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, the peoples of northern England, Lowland Scotland, and Wales used extensive celebrations at events such as marriage, along with reciprocal exchange of gifts, to emote a sense of belonging to their locality. Bride Ales and Penny Weddings looks at regionally distinctive practices of giving and receiving wedding gifts, in order to understand social networks and community attitudes. Examining a wide variety of sources over four centuries, the volume examines contributory weddings, where guests paid for their own entertainment and gave money to the couple, to suggest a new view of the societies of 'middle Britain', and re-interpret social and cultural change across Britain. These regions were not old fashioned, as is commonly assumed, but differently fashioned, possessing social priorities that set them apart both from the south of England and from 'the Celtic fringe'. This volume is about informal communities of people whose aim was maintaining and enhancing social cohesion through sociability and reciprocity. Communities relied on negotiation, compromise, and agreement, to create and re-create consensus around more-or-less shared values, expressed in traditions of hospitality and generosity. Ranging across issues of trust and neighbourliness, recreation and leisure, eating and drinking, order and authority, personal lives and public attitudes, R. A. Houston explores many areas of interest not only to social historians, but also literary scholars of the British Isles.

目次: 

Introduction: Marriage and Recreation, Historians, and Social Scientists
PART I: ALES AND BRIDALS: PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SOCIABILITIES
1. Communal Drinkings in England and Wales, c.1400-1600
2. Religious Change and the Demise of English Church Ales
3. Public and Private Festivities: The Geography of Church and Other Ales
PART II: WEDDING CELEBRATIONS IN EARLY MODERN BRITAIN
4. Weddings in South-East England
5. Recreations, Religion, and Bridals in Post-Reformation Scotland
6. Who Held Contributory Weddings and Why?
7. The Costs and Benefits of Bridals
8. Country, Town, and the Commercial Element in Hospitality
9. The Social Universe of Contributory Weddings
10. Numbers
PART III: COERCION AND THE LIMITS OF VOLUNTARISM
11. Lovedargs, Boon Days, and Boon Works
12. Thigging
13. Cymorthau
PART IV: CONTEXTS AND COMPARISONS
14. Contempory Explanations of Cultural Change
15. Regional Socio-Economic Contexts
16. Cultural Patterns and the 'Celtic Fringe'
17. Cultural Patterns and Continental Parallels
18. The Decline of Reciprocity
Conclusion
Bibliography

著者について: 

Robert Allan Houston was born in Hamilton, Scotland, lived in India and Ghana, and was educated at the Edinburgh Academy and St Andrews University before spending six years at Cambridge University as a research student (Peterhouse) and research fellow (Clare College). He has worked at the University of St Andrews since 1983 and is Professor of Early Modern History, specialising in British social history. He is a fellow of both the Royal Historical Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland's national academy), and a member of the Academia Europaea. He is married to a university manager and lives in Edinburgh.

このページに掲載の「参考価格」は日本国内における希望小売価格です。当ウェブサイトでのご購入に対して特別価格が適用される場合、販売価格は「割引価格」として表示されます。なお、価格は予告なく変更されることがございますので、あらかじめご了承ください。