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H 245 x W 174 mm

530 pages

94 figures (colour throughout)

Published Mar 2023

Archaeopress

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Paperback: 9781803273860

Digital: 9781803273877

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Keywords
Morris Dance; Englishness; Custom; Folklore; Social History

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The Ancient English Morris Dance

By Michael Heaney

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This book traces the history of morris dancing in England, from its introduction in the 15th century, through the contention of the Reformation and Civil War, when morris dancing and maypoles became potent symbols of the older ways of living, to its re-invention as an emblem of Victorian concepts of Merrie England in the 19th century.

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Contents

Preface ;

Introduction ;

Part I: Emergence (1448-1569) ;
Chapter 1: First signs ;
Chapter 2: Guilds ;
Chapter 3: Parish entertainments ;
Chapter 4: The first 120 years ;

Part II: Contention (1570-1659) ;
Chapter 5: Rumblings 1570-1599 ;
Chapter 6: Attack 1600-1629 ;
Chapter 7: Suppression 1630-1659 ;

Part III: Fragmentation (1660-1800) ;
Chapter 8: Restoration and the later Stuarts ;
Chapter 9: Eighteenth-century entertainment ;
Chapter 10: Lexicographers and scholars ;
Chapter 11: Hanoverian communities and Whitsun ales ;
Chapter 12: Beyond the Whitsun ale ;

Part IV: Re-emergence (1801-1899) ;
Chapter 13: Antiquaries and artistes ;
Chapter 14: South-midlands morris ;
Chapter 15: West-midlands morrises ;
Chapter 16: East of England ;
Chapter 17: North-west morris 1801-1850 ;
Chapter 18: Fêtes and festivals ;
Chapter 19: The decline of the rushcarts ;
Chapter 20: Carnival processions ;
Chapter 21: Other morrises ;
Chapter 22: Fin de siècle ;

Part V: Revival (1899 – present) ;
Chapter 23: Defining a revival ;
Chapter 24: North-west morris 1900-1930 ;
Chapter 25: The revival after Sharp ;
Chapter 26: The second revival ;
Chapter 27: The modern English morris dance ;

Bibliography ;

Index

About the Author

During his professional career at the Bodleian Library, Michael Heaney also pursued his research interests in folk culture. He has published widely on the subject, including editing and contributing to The Histories of the Morris in Britain (EFDSS, 2018) and Percy Manning: the Man who Collected Oxfordshire (Archaeopress, 2017). He was editor (1997-2005) of Folk Music Journal and remains a member of its Board.