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Ryder v. Jones, 1661: Courtship Among the Provincial Middling Sort

Lawrence Stone

in Uncertain Unions: Marriage in England 1660–1753

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202530
eISBN:
9780191675386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter presents a case study on courtship from provincial England, focusing on the court case Ryder v. Jones which appeared in court in 1661. The case was filed by George Ryder, a successful ... More


Animal Architecture

Mike Hansell

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780198507529
eISBN:
9780191709838
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198507529.001.0001
Subject:
Biology, Animal Biology

Construction behaviour occurs across the entire spectrum of the animal kingdom and affects the survival of both builders and other organisms associated with them. This book provides a comprehensive ... More


Familiarity in Life and Letters

Sarah M. S. Pearsall

in Atlantic Families: Lives and Letters in the Later Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199532995
eISBN:
9780191714443
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199532995.003.0004
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter defines the concept of familiarity, a means by which even individuals not related by family could achieve family-like relationships. Such familiarity — distinguished from either ... More


Social Music

Ryan André Brasseaux

in Cajun Breakdown: The Emergence of an American Made Music

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2009
ISBN:
9780195343069
eISBN:
9780199866977
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343069.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

Dance culture and the social contexts that shaped Cajun musical traditions through 1950 constitute the primary focus of this study. Cajun musical expression is considered here, in relation to the ... More


‘My Love is as a Fever’: Medical Constructions of Desire in Early Modern England

Lesel Dawson

in Lovesickness and Gender in Early Modern English Literature

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199266128
eISBN:
9780191708688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199266128.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Women's Literature

This chapter offers an introduction to medical ideas about lovesickness and the ways in which these are represented in literature. It is divided into three sections. The first section details the ... More


City Women: Money, Sex, and the Social Order in Early Modern London

Eleanor Hubbard

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199609345
eISBN:
9780191739088
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609345.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

City Women is a major new study of the lives of ordinary women in early modern London. Drawing on thousands of pages of Londoners' depositions for the consistory court, it focuses on the ... More


Who to Marry? Suitors and Fiancées

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution: Monsieur and Madame Roland

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199560424
eISBN:
9780191741814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560424.003.0007
Subject:
History, European Early Modern History, Cultural History

In this chapter, the nature of eighteenth-century marriages at different levels of society is discussed. Previous suitors or fiancées of Marie-Jeanne Phlipon and Jean-Marie Roland illustrate the ... More


Domestic Allegories of Political Desire: The Black Heroine’s Text at the Turn of the Century

Claudia Tate

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108576
eISBN:
9780199855094
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108576.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Why did African American women novelists use idealized stories of bourgeois courtship and marriage to mount arguments on social reform during the last decade of the 19th century, during a time when ... More


Making a Match

Eleanor Hubbard

in City Women: Money, Sex, and the Social Order in Early Modern London

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199609345
eISBN:
9780191739088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609345.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter addresses the appeal of the London marriage market for migrant maids. Due to the predominance of men in the London population, women there married relatively early, around the age of 24. ... More


Dealing with Death

Eleanor Hubbard

in City Women: Money, Sex, and the Social Order in Early Modern London

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199609345
eISBN:
9780191739088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609345.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses widowhood, remarriage, and old age in early modern London. It uses quantitative data to demonstrate that London widows remarried rapidly. City law treated widows relatively ... More


Kormakr's Courtship

Heather O’Donoghue

in The Genesis of a Saga Narrative: Verse and Prose in Kormaks Saga

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117834
eISBN:
9780191671074
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117834.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This chapter examines the verses of the Kormáks saga concerning Kormákr's courtship of Steingerðr. This episode, in four skaldic stanzas, acts as dramatically direct speech in the narrative. This ... More


Austen's Physicalized Mimesis: Garden, Landscape, Marriageable Girl

Amy M. King

in Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161519
eISBN:
9780199787838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161519.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter explores how the representation of the sexual content of “public” courtship is achieved in Jane Austen's novels. It argues that bloom underpins the marriage plot and, unlike the ... More


Eliot's Vernaculars: Natural Objects and Revisionary Blooms

Amy M. King

in Bloom: The Botanical Vernacular in the English Novel

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195161519
eISBN:
9780199787838
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161519.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter traces the way George Eliot's novels extend the courtship plot to nonmarital sexuality, or what Linnaeus called “clandestine marriage.” It explores how 19th-century natural history and ... More


Courtship: Revised Seasons and Tancred and Singsmunda, 1742–1745

James Sambrook

in James Thomson 1700–1748: A Life

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198117889
eISBN:
9780191671104
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198117889.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

This chapter discusses the letters Thomson wrote during his courtship of Elizabeth Young. It is rather difficult to describe this courtship, due to the fact that hardly anything is known about ... More


February–August 1712: Elopement: ‘ran away with, without fortunes’ 1

Isobel Grundy

in Lady Mary Wortley Montagu: Comet of the Enlightenment

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187653
eISBN:
9780191674730
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187653.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Mary's father chose Clotworthy Skeffington and heir to Viscount Massereene, to be her husband. Though she often talked of knuckling under, she felt she ‘had rather give my hand to the Flames than to ... More


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

David Cressy

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198201687
eISBN:
9780191674983
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198201687.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

From childbirth and baptism through to courtship, weddings, and funerals, every stage in the life-cycle of Tudor and Stuart England was accompanied by ritual. Even under the Protestantism of the ... More


The Novel and the Nation

Patrick Parrinder

in Nation & Novel: The English Novel from its Origins to the Present Day

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199264858
eISBN:
9780191698989
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199264858.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Novels are made by ordinary people and are intended for private reading. The novel effectively influences the perceptions of individuals because it cannot be brought into official sanction by state ... More


Enter Henry Baker

Maximillian E. Novak

in Daniel Defoe: Master of Fictions: His Life and Works

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199261543
eISBN:
9780191698743
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261543.003.0056
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

Some time in 1724 Henry Baker, an aspiring poet with a unique ability to teach deaf children to speak and to give them a general education, began a journey from Enfield to Stoke Newington where he ... More


Slave Marriage and Family Relations

Brenda E. Stevenson

in Life in Black and White: Family and Community in the Slave South

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195118032
eISBN:
9780199853793
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195118032.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The chapter discusses the inherent difficulties of romance, courtship, and marriage in the slave community. Though their masters did have the final say on all their dealings and associations, many ... More


Troope v. Stenson and Henworth v. Stenson, 1652–1664: Courtship among the minor gentry

Lawrence Stone

in Uncertain Unions: Marriage in England 1660–1753

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198202530
eISBN:
9780191675386
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter presents a case study on courtship among the minor gentry in England focusing on the court cases Troope v. Stenson and Henworth v. Stenson filed between 1652–1664. These cases were filed ... More


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