Bride Ales and Penny Weddings: Recreations, Reciprocity, and by R. A. Houston

By R. A. Houston

A few of the poorest areas of old Britain had a few of its so much vivid festivities. among the 16th and 19th centuries, the peoples of northern England, Lowland Scotland, and Wales used wide celebrations at occasions equivalent to marriage, in addition to reciprocal alternate of presents, to emote a feeling of belonging to their locality. Bride Ales and Penny Weddings seems to be at domestically distinct practices of giving and receiving marriage ceremony presents, to be able to comprehend social networks and group attitudes.

Examining a wide selection of resources over 4 centuries, the amount examines contributory weddings, the place visitors paid for his or her personal leisure and gave funds to the couple, to indicate a brand new view of the societies of 'middle Britain', and re-interpret social and cultural switch throughout Britain. those areas weren't quaint, as is usually assumed, yet otherwise formed, owning social priorities that set them aside either from the south of britain and from 'the Celtic fringe'. This quantity is set casual groups of individuals whose target used to be conserving and adorning social team spirit via sociability and reciprocity. groups depended on negotiation, compromise, and contract, to create and re-create consensus round more-or-less shared values, expressed in traditions of hospitality and generosity. Ranging throughout problems with belief and neighbourliness, sport and relaxation, consuming and consuming, order and authority, own lives and public attitudes, R. A. Houston explores many parts of curiosity not just to social historians, but in addition literary students of the British Isles.

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