The Wedding Night

A Popular History
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Jane Merrill
577 g
240x161x19 mm

This enlightening narrative takes a look at the wedding night-its origins, history, customs, cultural expressions, and fictional representations through the ages.Though just outside of public view, the wedding night is loaded with expectation and consequence. The Wedding Night: A Popular History is an entertaining, accessible, touching, and humorous volume that looks at the previously unexplored topic of wedding history "between the sheets." Covering a kaleidoscopic array of cultural expressions, this unique study zooms in on what's quintessential and shares insights into the history of intimacy through the ages.The book traces the formalization of the wedding night in the ancient Near East and classical world, provides many examples of historically significant unions in European and American history, and describes the lively variety of traditions leading up to the present. Spicing their narrative with many piquant quotes from contemporary sources, the authors explore the rich cultural context for the wedding night-processions, royal rituals, apparel, food-related traditions, and pranks-throughout Europe and America in the 19th and 20th centuries. Separate chapters examine sex guides, jokes, and the bed as a special conjugal space.
An appendix of movies that feature important wedding nights
AcknowledgmentsIntroductionChapter 1: It Takes Two to .Chapter 2: The Classical Three-Step: Establishing the Wedding PatternChapter 3: Virginity to Consummation: The Rite of PassageChapter 4: Proceeding to the Royal BedroomChapter 5: Merriment and PranksChapter 6: Tobias NightsChapter 7: Early American Wedding NightsChapter 8: The Spousals of Native AmericansChapter 9: Presidential Wedding NightsChapter 10: ElopementChapter 11: The HoneymoonChapter 12: Guide for the PerplexedChapter 13: Between the SheetsChapter 14: The Bride Wore . LingerieChapter 15: The Food of LoveChapter 16: Arabian and Other NightsChapter 17: An Occasion for MirthChapter 18: Do Not DisturbAppendix: Wedding Nights on the Silver ScreenIndex

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