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

By Ronald Hutton

From the twelve days of Christmas to the Spring traditions of Valentine, Shrovetide, and Easter eggs, via could Day revels and Midsummer fires, and directly to the waning of the 12 months, Harvest domestic, and Hallowe'en; Ronald Hutton takes us on a desirable trip during the ritual yr in Britain.
His complete research covers all of the British Isles and the total sweep of heritage from the earliest written documents to the current day. nice and lesser, historical and glossy, Christian and pagan, all rituals are handled with an analogous realization. the result's a colourful and soaking up heritage during which Ronald Hutton demanding situations many universal assumptions concerning the customs of the previous and the fairs of the current debunking many myths and illuminates the historical past of the calendar we are living by.
Stations of the Sun is the 1st entire scholarly paintings to hide the total span of British rituals, demanding the paintings of experts from the overdue Victorian interval onwards, transforming our photograph of the sphere completely, and elevating matters for historians of each period.

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36 SAINTS AND SOULS via the top of the center a long time, the Christian banquet of the useless, often called Hallowtide, Hollontide, or Allantide, had constructed right into a surprising affair, for which there are considerable documents in England. The e-book of ceremonial for the courtroom of Henry VII targeted that upon All Saints’ Day the monarch might gown in crimson and his attendants in black, the colors of mourning. 1 For that night, because the parish debts point out, many church buildings laid in additional provides of candles and torches, to be carried in procession and to light up the development.

Model, Observations, ii. 22; Porter, Cambridgeshire, 120-1. seventy two. C. F. Tebbutt, Huntingdonshire Folklore (St Ives, 1984), 71-2; model, Observations, ii. 24; Nicholson, East Yorkshire, 14-15; Hone, Every-Day e-book, ii. 1164; Henderson, Northern Counties, 87-8; S. Jackson Coleman, Huntingdonshire Lore and Legend (Douglas, 1955), n. p. : Porter, Cambridgeshire, 120-2; Burne, Shropshire, 374; Ralph Whitlock, A Calendar of County Customs (1978), 132; Evans, Ask the blokes, 214; Blythe, Akenfield, fifty six: Thomas Sternberg, The Dialect and Folk-Lore of Northamptonshire (1851), 176-7; Underdown, ‘A Harvest Custom’, 464; Angela Parker, ‘Oxfordshire Village Folk-Lore, 1840-1900’, Folk-Lore, 24 (1913), 85-6: James Obelkevitch, faith and Rural Society: South Lindsey 1825-1875 (Oxford, 1976), fifty eight; Ethel H.

In elements of Wales the boys processed with a fiddler taking part in sooner than them. In Herefordshire and round Ludlow in Shropshire, the ‘lifters’ carried a bowl of water and a posy of plant life besides, utilizing them to sprinkle the toes of the individual within the chair. Herefordshire events have been occasionally mixed-gender, and sang ‘Jesus Christ is risen back’ earlier than they played the carry. A chair was once extensively utilized upon the streets of Shrewsbury, Chester, and Kidderminster, and hired via servants at a inn in Crewe upon the site visitors.

In that 12 months, too, the kirk consultation at Aberdeen attempted fourteen ladies for ‘playing, dancing and making a song of filthy carols on xmas Day at even’. In 1575 the leaders of the craft guilds within the city have been ‘ordained to take trial in their crafts for sitting idle on xmas Day’. The entice Morton used to be provoked by means of the 1st money bought via the crusade; at Dumfries, the place the company defiantly paid a musician with a pipe and tabor to accompany the preacher to town kirk ‘all the holy days’ of Christmastide.

Cit. 30. documents of Hocktide gatherings within the interval 1450–1550 are available within the following resources: ‘Churchwardens money owed of the Parish of St. Andrew, Canterbury’, ed. C. Cotton, Archaeologia Cantiana, xxxii. 212–43, xxxiii. 3–59, xxxiv. 1–27 (1485–1540); ‘Accounts of the Churchwardens of St. Dunstan, Canterbury’, ed. J. Cowper, Archaeologia Cantiana, xvi. 297–319, xvii. 93–100 (1490–1538); The Churchwardens’ Account booklet for the Parish of St. Giles’s, analyzing, ed. W. L. Nash (Reading, 1881), 1–29 (1518–29); Charles Kerry, heritage of the Church of St.

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