A Picture of the Manners, Customs, Sports, and Pastimes, of the Inhabitants of England, from the Arrival of the Saxons Down to the Eighteenth Century: Selected from the Ancient Chronicles, and Rendered Into Modern Phraseology

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J. Harris, 1825 - 296 стор.
 

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Сторінка 205 - The after-part of the day is chiefly spent in dancing round a tall pole, which is called a May-pole ; which, being placed in a convenient part of the village, stands there, as it were, consecrated to the goddess of flowers, without the least violation offered it in the whole circle of the year.
Сторінка 115 - ... of chaff to rest his head upon, he thought himself to be as well lodged as the lord of the town...
Сторінка 223 - Here they used to end many quarrels betwixt neighbour and neighbour. Hither came the wives in comely manner, and they which were of the better sort had their mantles carried with them, as well for show as to keep them from cold at table.
Сторінка 166 - It has already been mentioned that originally plays were performed in churches. Though Bonner, bishop of London, issued a proclamation to the cle.rgy of his diocese in 1542, prohibiting " all manner of common plays, games, or interludes, to be played, set forth, or declared within their churches, chapels, &c...
Сторінка 136 - The quintain thus fashioned was placed upon a pivot, and so contrived as to move round with facility. In running at this figure it was necessary for the horseman to direct his lance with great adroitness, and make his stroke upon the forehead between the eyes or upon the nose ; for if he struck wide of those parts...
Сторінка 120 - With us the nobility, gentry, and students, do ordinarily go to dinner at eleven before noon, and to supper at five, or between five and six at afternoon. The merchants dine and sup seldom before twelve at noon and six at night, especially in London. The husbandmen dine also at high noon as they call it, and sup at seven or eight : but out of term in our universities the scholars dine at ten.
Сторінка 115 - For so common were all sorts of treen stuff in old time that a man should hardly find four pieces of pewter (of which one was peradventure a salt) in a good farmer's house...
Сторінка 160 - ... acted with mighty state and reverence by the friars of this house, had theaters for the severall scenes, very large and high, placed upon wheels, and drawn to all the eminent parts of the city, for the better advantage of spectators : and contain'd the story of the New Testament, composed into old English Rithme, as appeareth by an ancient MS. intituled Ludus Corporis Christi, or Ludus Conventrue. I have been told...
Сторінка 177 - On the Sunday before Candlemas, in the night, one hundred and thirty citizens, disguised, and well horsed, in a mummery, with sound of trumpets, sackbuts, cornets, shalmes, and other minstrels, and innumerable torchlights of wax, rode from Newgate, through...
Сторінка 115 - ... as well lodged as the lord of the town : So well were they contented. Pillows, said they, were thought meet only for women in childbed : As for servants, if they had any sheet above them it was well : For seldom had they any under their bodies to keep them from the pricking straws that ran oft through the canvass, and rased their hardened hides.

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