The People with the Children
This chapter examines the people involved in the baptism ceremony in Stuart England. The godparents were the principal participants in baptism. The father was responsible for arranging the baptism but he was not allowed to participate in the ceremony. The mother had no part to play in the baptism and she just stayed at home waiting for the customary month before going back to church. This chapter considers the social and communal aspects of baptism, and the festive activity of christening feasts.
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