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Customs in universal is the amazing better half to E. P. Thompson's landmark quantity of social background The Making of the English operating classification. The manufactured from years of analysis and debate, Customs in universal describes the advanced tradition from which working-class associations emerged in England--a panoply of traditions and customs that the hot operating type fought to maintain good into Victorian instances.

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Customs in universal is the amazing significant other to E. P. Thompson's landmark quantity of social heritage The Making of the English operating category. The made from years of study and debate, Customs in universal describes the advanced tradition from which working-class associations emerged in England--a panoply of traditions and customs that the hot operating type fought to maintain good into Victorian occasions.

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1 In any case, one is dubious as to how far it i. useful to describe the function of protecting their own property and social order as "paternalist". Certainly, this function exacted little evidence of filial loyalty either from their victims or from the crowds around the gallows. I A century which added more than one hundred new capital offences to the statute book had a stern (or flippant) view of fatherhood . I Douglas Hay. , Albion's Fatal Tree (1975). 5, fos. 218-9, 230- 1. 'See Peter Linebaugh, The London Hanged, op.

Il was one of the most brutalised phenomena in history and historians ought to say so: see Laquer, 49 V If the great were withdrawn so much, within their parks and mansions, from public view, it follows that the plebs, in many of their activities, were withdrawn also from them. Effective paternal sway requires not only temporal but also spiritual or psychic authority. It is here that we seem to find the system's weakest link. It would not be difficult to find, in this parish or in that, eighteenth-century clergy fulfilling, with dedication, pater­ nalist functions.

My thanks to Robert Malcolmson. � 48 CUSTOMS IN COMMON PATRICIANS AND PLEBS of interest by furthering or refusing to further intercession for the condemned. And, as Douglas Hay has shown, to share, even indirectly, in the powers of life and death greatly enlarged their hegemonic charisma. I The exercise of power of life and death could, on occasion, be arranged to the last detail. The duke of Montagu was writing in 1728 to the duke of Newcastle concerning "my man John Potter", who had been condemned to death for stealing the duke's hangings.

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