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By Ann Kussmaul

In rural England ahead of the commercial Revolution humans more often than not married once they weren't busy with paintings. Parish registers of marriage accordingly shape a huge and cutting edge resource for the examine of financial swap during this interval. Dr Kussmaul employs marriage dates to spot 3 major styles of labor and chance (arable, pastoral and rural commercial) and extra importantly to teach the long term adjustments in financial actions throughout 542 English parishes from the start of nationwide marriage registration in 1538. No unmarried ancient panorama emerges. as a substitute A normal View of the agricultural economic system of britain, 1538-1840 maps the adjustments in financial orientation from arable via neighborhood specialization to rural industrialization and explores how those adjustments had implications for the level of inhabitants development within the early glossy interval. Dr Kussmaul's examine provides a view of early sleek English fiscal background from a special viewpoint.

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Three good reasons account for its arable masquerade: the surrounding region offered part-time opportunities for harvest work, there was a large agricultural hamlet within the parish (Banbury itself returned 631 families in trades in the 1821 census, and only fourteen familes in agriculture, but its hamlet, Neithorp, returned 305 families in agriculture and ninety-seven in trades), and the parish was an Ecclesi46 Best, Rural Economy, p. 115. , Parish Register of Brandsburton. ) astical Peculiar, to which, until Hardwicke's reform of the marriage law in 1753, couples wishing to marry by licence could repair.

299. Finch, Wealth, p p . 40-55; Thorpe, T h e Lord'. The Wormleighton registers are in the collection of the Warwickshire Record Office. See, for example, Harris, Good to Eat, Chapter 4 ( T h e Abominable Pig'). ' 37 unpopularity of March and December as marriage months before the mid seventeenth century showed no regional bias. The totals of marriages in the two months first increased in the Interregnum and then subsided with the Restoration, and then both months began to fill with marriages during the late seventeenth and the eighteenth century (because marriage registration was severely disrupted during the Interregnum, the calculations that include the period will be indicated with warning parentheses in the demonstrations of the next chapters).

In a terrible twist of fate, the Marriage Act also marks the end of Pettipher's life; he was buried in Wormleighton in October 1754. The marriages recorded in a marriage shop do not reflect the underlying seasonality of work and risks of the shop's parish. After Hardwicke, one partner had to be a resident of the parish in which the marriage was recorded, but this still raises the question of which partner. If marriage seasonality was largely determined by the work of men, and if men left their parishes to marry more than women did (before and after Hardwicke), the record of marriage seasonality would be less determined by the seasonality of work and risks of the (male) residents of the registered parish.

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