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

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BIRTH, MARRIAGE, AND DEATH

Ritual, Religion, and the Life-Cycle in Tudor and Stuart England

David Cressy

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

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  • Title Page iii
  • Acknowledgements vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xiii
  • Introduction xvii
  • I - Birth 13
  • 1 - Childbed Mysteries 15
  • 2 - The Management of Childbirth 35
  • 3 - Childbed Attendants 55
  • 4 - Mother and Child 80
  • II - Baptism 95
  • 5 - Baptism as Sacrament and Drama 97
  • 6 - Crosses in Baptism 124
  • 7 - The People with the Children 149
  • 8 - Changes and Challenges 173
  • III - Churching 195
  • 9 - Purification, Thanksgiving,and the Churching of Women 197
  • IV - Courtship 231
  • 10 - Courtship and the Making of Marriage 233
  • 11 - Espousals, Betrothals, and Contracts 267
  • V - Marriage 283
  • 12 - Holy Matrimony 285
  • 13 - Prohibitions and Impediments 298
  • 14 - Clandestine and Irregular Marriages 316
  • 15 - Nuptial Vows 336
  • 16 - Wedding Celebrations 350
  • VI - Death 377
  • 17 - Death Comes for All 379
  • 18 - Ritual and Reformation 396
  • 19 - Funerals and Burials 421
  • 20 - The Geography of Interment 456
  • Conclusion 475
  • Notes 483
  • Bibliography 587
  • Index 625
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