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By R. A. Houston

many of the poorest areas of ancient Britain had a few of its such a lot shiny festivities. among the 16th and 19th centuries, the peoples of northern England, Lowland Scotland, and Wales used vast celebrations at occasions akin to marriage, besides reciprocal trade of presents, to emote a feeling of belonging to their locality. Bride Ales and Penny Weddings seems to be at locally unique practices of giving and receiving marriage ceremony presents, in
order to appreciate social networks and neighborhood attitudes.

Examining a large choice of assets over 4 centuries, the amount examines contributory weddings, the place visitors paid for his or her personal leisure and gave cash to the couple, to signify a brand new view of the societies of 'middle Britain', and re-interpret social and cultural swap 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
volume is set casual groups of individuals whose target used to be retaining and embellishing social unity 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 components of curiosity not just to social historians, but in addition literary students of the British Isles.

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