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Bride Ales and Penny Weddings – Recreations, Reciprocity, and Regions in Britain from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Bride Ales and Penny Weddings: Recreations, Reciprocity, and Regions in Britain from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries

R. A. Houston

Abstract

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. This book 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, it uses contributory weddings, where guests ... More

Keywords: Marriage, gifts, reciprocity, hospitality, regions, society, communities, festivities, recreations, history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199680870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199680870.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. A. Houston, author
Professor of Early Modern history, University of St Andrews

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