Birth, Marriage, and Death: Ritual, Religion, and the Life Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England / Edition 1

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Overview

From childbirth and baptism through to courtship, weddings, and funerals, every stage in the life-cycle of Tudor and Stuart England was accompanied by ritual. Even under the protestantism of the reformed Church, the spiritual and social dramas of birth, marriage, and death were graced with elaborate ceremony. Powerful and controversial protocols were in operation, shaped and altered by the influences of the Reformation, the Revolution, and the Restoration.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198207887
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 664
  • Lexile: 1590L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cressy is Professor of History at California State University, Long Beach. His recent books include Religion and Society in Early Modern England and Bonfires and Bells: National Memory and the Protestant Calendar in Elizabethan and Stuart England.

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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 Childbed Mysteries 15
2 The Management of Childbirth 35
3 Childbed Attendants 55
4 Mother and Child 80
5 Baptism as Sacrament and Drama 97
6 Crosses in Baptism 124
7 The People with the Children 149
8 Changes and Challenges 173
9 Purification, Thanksgiving, and the Churching of Women 197
10 Courtship and the Making of Marriage 233
11 Espousals, Betrothals, and Contracts 267
12 Holy Matrimony 285
13 Prohibitions and Impediments 298
14 Clandestine and Irregular Marriages 316
15 Nuptial Vows 336
16 Wedding Celebrations 350
17 Death Comes for All 379
18 Ritual and Reformation 396
19 Funerals and Burials 421
20 The Geography of Interment 456
Conclusion 475
Notes 483
Bibliography 587
Index 625
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