Spirit of Cricket
Reflections on Play and Life
Exploring the spirit of cricket, Brearley applies its sense of fairness beyond the letter of the law to broader issues such as racism and religion as well as to specific incidents including the recent ‘sandpaper’ affair in these insightful essays. He also highlights the significance of the notion for those involved in the sport and how it can alter long-held attitudes, such as his own opinion on Mankading.
Made in Africa
The History of African Players in English Football
The 2018/19 Premier League saw the African footballers Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah share the Golden Boot with Arsenal’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. This book explores the careers of those who preceded them in the 130 years since Arthur Wharton became the first African player in the Football League, and how they confronted racism to help change the face of English football.
Cremation In Modern Scotland
History, Architecture and the Law
Approaching cremation as ‘a form of funeral that opens up deep questions about a people’s way of life, attitude to the past, present and future, and even to a sense of destiny’, the authors of this multidisciplinary study examine the history of burial reform and cremation in Scotland. They also explore the common law of Scotland relating to cremation, and the architectural challenge of providing buildings for disposal, ritual and remembrance.
The Book of Christmas
Beginning with a timeline of significant moments, this is a detailed tour around festive traditions and their origins. Including carols, wreaths and the birth of Santa’s iconic outfit, as well as cricket, kissing under the mistletoe and Japan’s predilection for KFC Christmas dinners, it introduces the often bizarre stories behind the trappings of the holiday season.
The Corpse as Text
Disinterment and Antiquarian Enquiry, 1700–1900
Thea Tomaini explores changes in English attitudes to the dead during the period 1700–1900 through the investigations of antiquarians who disinterred historical figures of earlier centuries. In studies of men and women including King John, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Shakespeare and Charles I, whose graves were opened for academic purposes, Tomaini shows the diverse ways in which corpses were ‘read’ and understood.
In Bed with the Ancient Greeks
Sex and Sexuality in Ancient Greece
As the poet Theocritus wrote, ‘We are not the first mortals to see beauty in what is beautiful’. In this thorough survey of ancient Greeks’ attitudes to love, sex, marriage and adultery, Chrystal brings together mythology, literature and visual art with evidence from medical writings, sex manuals, and religious, philosophical and magical texts. The book ends with discussion of the Greek sexual vocabulary and an extensive bibliography listing ancient sources and modern scholarship. Sexually explicit.
If death inevitably claims the heroes of Shakespeare’s tragedies, its spectre stalks even his comedies. Illustrated with historic images, this book explores the playwright’s treatment of mortality in the context of Reformation England. It examines the way he depicts murder and suicide, the use of feigned deaths as a plot device, and the belief in ghosts and the afterlife.
Diary of a Rural GP
Hilarious True Stories from a Country Practice
For almost 30 years on the Devon–Cornwall border, Dr Mike Sparrow attended to his patients in his village surgery or in their farms and hamlets scattered across the countryside. Now retired from General Practice, he looks back on his most memorable cases: sewing fingers back on, delivering babies vet-style, burying beagles ... but Sparrow was never a man for Standard Operating Procedure.
A Sixpence at Whist
Gaming and the English Middle Classes 1680–1830
Shifting the focus away from the notorious gambling of the aristocracy to the much less risky and more controlled gaming – specifically card playing – of the prospering middle classes in the period following the Restoration, this study presents a new perspective on middling mentalities, preoccupations and priorities.
Commemorating the Seafarer
Monuments, Memorials and Memory
Barbara Tomlinson provides an overview of maritime commemoration, exploring church and cemetery memorials and public sculptures from a historical and cultural perspective. She describes representative examples, focusing on those with interesting stories and including little-known mariners alongside figures such as Cook and Nelson and great events such as the loss of the Titanic.
Social Theory in the Tropics
Jointly written by an English scholar and a South American professor, this study examines the work of the Brazilian sociologist and anthropologist Gilberto Freyre (1900–1987). Probably the most famous public intellectual of 20th-century Brazil, Freyre is chiefly remembered for the sociological trilogy that began with the famous Casa Grande & Senzala (1933), translated as The Masters and the Slaves.
Advice for the Dying
And Those Who Love Them, A Practical Perspective on Death
The nurse and award-winning writer Sallie Tisdale offers a thought-provoking and practical perspective on death and dying in this meditation on the inevitable. Comprising intimate anecdotes based on the deaths she has witnessed in her life and work, as well as insights gleaned from literature and other world cultures and traditions, this volume offers the resources and reassurance required to plan compassionate end-of-life care.
An Archaeological Study of Human Decapitation Burials
When a number of Roman graves with decapitated skeletons were discovered near York, the popular explanation was that heads were ritually removed after death to prevent ghosts returning to haunt the living. Katie Tucker, the human remains archaeologist at the site, analysed the burials and found no evidence to support that theory. Her in-depth study of the archaeological and osteological aspects of human decapitation burials, particularly the evidence for trauma in the skeletal remains, argues that decapitation was the cause of death.
A Gentleman's Guide to Duelling
Vincentio Saviolo's 'Of Honour and Honourable Quarrels'
Annotated woodcuts of historical duels and methodical swordplay illustrate this classic guide to resolving a gentlemen’s disagreement in Elizabethan England. Honour, pride and shame were at the heart of most duels, and Italian fencing master Vincentio Saviolo’s prose, which has been subtly updated for the modern reader, suggests ways for both challenger and defender to navigate the labyrinth of etiquette without resort to the rapier, his favoured weapon of combat.
Breach of Promise to Marry
A History of How Jilted Brides Settled Scores
Hiding from daylight in her mouldering wedding dress, Dickens’s Miss Havisham is the classic literary image of the jilted bride. But thanks to the 18th-century law of breach of promise, many women had more attractive options. This entertaining social history uncovers more than a thousand cases in which wronged fiancées employed no win no fee lawyers to gain substantial financial redress for their disappointment – and adventuresses extracted money from men ‘they cannot possibly want as husbands’.
Dinner with a Cannibal
The Complete History of Mankind's Oldest Taboo
In this thorough examination of human cannibalism, a palaeoanthropologist analyses the evidence, from ancient fossils to recent genetic findings, that marks us all as descendants of cannibals. Investigating when and why humans have eaten their own kind, she identifies cannibalism as an ancient, natural strategy used by early humans to survive periods of food scarcity, but also considers the religious and culinary contexts in which it has been practised in historical times.
A Taste of History
The Stock Exchange began in a London coffee house, as did Lloyds; fish and chips was invented in Victorian London; and Fortnum and Mason supplied Florence Nightingale in the Crimea and Parry's expedition to find the North-West Passage as well as innumerable aristocratic picnics. This history of London's food is full of such milestones and outstanding personalities, described in chapters on how London has been provisioned, its markets, shops and restaurants, foreign imports and the eating habits of Londoners.
Divorced, Beheaded, Sold
Ending an English Marriage 1500–1847
How could English people end unhappy marriages before divorce was readily available? As the colourful stories in this book reveal, the options ranged from quietly but bigamously remarrying to selling an unwanted wife to the highest bidder at market. The author also examines a 1594 case in which neighbours helped a woman retrieve property from her husband, and occasions when wives successfully sued for legal separation. The appendix focuses on Henry VIII's marital arrangements.
The Entertainment of Charles II
In February 1661 the restored monarch Charles II made a progress through London, from the Tower to Whitehall and his coronation, passing through four triumphal arches constructed for the event. John Ogilby, Master of Revels, was commissioned to organize the spectacle for the procession. Published in 1662, his Entertainment contains texts of the poetry, notably translations of Virgil, descriptions and engravings of the four arches and details of the ceremonies. This facsimile edition has an introduction by Ronald Knowles. No jacket.
In Bed with the Romans
Writers' lurid tales of their rulers' sex lives are a familiar part of our image of ancient Rome, but how reliable are these accounts and what can such stories tell us about Roman attitudes to sexual behaviour and morality? Drawing on twelve centuries of evidence from literature, inscriptions, graffiti, medical handbooks, legal texts, magic spells and frequently explicit visual arts, this wide-ranging account explores the Roman view of love, marriage, childbirth, homosexuality, prostitution and infidelity.
Sex and Punishment
Four Thousand Years of Judging Desire
Sex is one of the most powerful human drives, and societies have sought to regulate it since the dawn of history. Meticulous, scholarly, yet laced with spicy anecdote, this chronological survey ranges from the brutal impalement of an adulteress in Mesopotamia to the trials of Oscar Wilde. Peopled with transvestites, rent boys, royal mistresses and gay charioteers, it demonstrates how what is 'normal' in one age is forbidden in another, exposing the futility of such attempts to constrain human sexuality.
Factory Production in Nineteenth-Century Britain
This anthology brings together writings that suggest the scope of responses – from wondrous celebration to apocalyptic horror – elicited by the advent and establishment of the factory system in 19th century Britain. Addressing complex questions about the possible effects of mass production on human life and labour, the collection includes important works by Adam Smith, Ruskin, Carlyle and Morris alongside extracts from lesser-known factory tourists' tales and inspectors' reports, a Luddite pamphlet and a cotton mill worker's autobiography.