Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain

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CONTENTS
List of Platesxvii
List of Maps and Figurexx
1 The Origins of Christmas1
2 The Twelve Days9
3 The Trials of Christmas25
4 Rites of Celebration and Reassurance34
5 Rites of Purification and Blessing42
6 Rites of Hospitality and Charity54
7 Mummers' Play and Sword Dance70
8 Hobby-Horse and Horn Dance81
9 Misrule95
10 The Reinvention of Christmas112
11 Speeding the Plough124
12 Brigid's Night134
13 Candlemas139
14 Valentines146
15 Shrovetide151
16 Lent169
17 The Origins of Easter179
18 Holy Week182
19 An Egg at Easter198
20 The Easter Holidays204
21 England and St George214
22 Beltane218
23 The May226
24 May Games and Whitsun Ales244
25 Morris and Marian262
26 Rogationtide and Pentecost277
27 Royal Oak288
28 A Merrie May295
29 Corpus Christi304
3o The Midsummer Fires311
31 Sheep, Hay, and Rushes322

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Acknowledgements and Note xiii
  • Contents xv
  • List of Plates xvii
  • List of Maps xx
  • 1 - The Origins of Christmas 1
  • 2 - The Twelve Days 9
  • 3 - The Trials of Christmas 25
  • 4 - Rites of Celebration and Reassurance 34
  • 5 - Rites of Purification and Blessing 42
  • 6 - Rites of Hospitality and Charity 54
  • 7 - Mummers' Play and Sword Dance 70
  • 8 - Hobby-Horse and Horn Dance 81
  • 9 - Misrule 95
  • 10 - The Reinvention of Christmas 112
  • 11 - Speeding the Plough 124
  • 12 - Brigid's Night 134
  • 13 - Candlemas 139
  • 14 - Valentines 146
  • 15 - Shrovetide 151
  • 16 - Lent 169
  • 17 - The Origins of Easter 179
  • 18 - Holy Weekz 182
  • 19 - An Egg at Easter 198
  • 20 - The Easter Holidays 204
  • 21 - England and St George 214
  • 22 - Beltane 218
  • 23 - The May 226
  • 24 - May Games and Whitsun Ales 244
  • 25 - Morris and Marian 262
  • 26 - Rogationtide and Pentecost 277
  • 27 - Royal Oak 288
  • 28 - A Merrie May 295
  • 29 - Corpus Christi 304
  • 30 - The Midsummer Fires 311
  • 31 - Sheep, Hay, and Rushes 322
  • 32 - First Fruits 327
  • 33 - Harvest Home 332
  • 34 - Wakes, Revels, and Hoppings 348
  • 35 - Samhain 360
  • 36 - Saints and Souls 371
  • 37 - The Modern Hallowe'En 379
  • 38 - Blood Month and Virgin Queen 386
  • 39 - Gunpowder Treason 393
  • 40 - Conclusions 408
  • Notes 428
  • Index 519
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