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Birth, Marriage, and Death: Ritual, Religion, and the Life-Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England

David Cressy

Abstract

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. Each of the major rituals was potentially an arena for argument, ambiguity, and dissent. Ideally, as classic rites of passage, these ceremo ... More

Keywords: childbirth, baptism, courtship, weddings, funerals, Tudor England, Stuart England, ritual, birth, marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780198201687
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201687.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Cressy, author
California State University, Long Beach