Yorick's Congregation: The Church of England in the Time of Laurence Sterne

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University of Delaware Press, 2007 - 291 pages
When Mr. and Mrs. Shandy stroll out to watch Toby and Trim march in formation to the Widow Wadman's house, they use a familiar occurrence to gauge the day of the week. The sight of Mr. Yorick's congregation emerging from the parish church tells them it is a Sunday; Mrs. Shandy provides the more specific information that it is Sacrament Sunday, which tells Mr. Shandy that it is the first Sunday of the month. Modern readers may slip over this brief exchange, but it is the gateway to a series of inquiries whose answers the original readers of Tristram Shandy would have taken for granted. Drawing on modern historical research and eighteenth-century texts, Yorick's Congregation: The Church of England in the Time of Laurence Sterne answers these inquiries.

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Contents

Archbishops and Mountebanks Going into the Family Business
31
The Church of England and Its Parishioners
70
The Company of Preachers William Roses The Practical Preacher 1762
104
Mrs Yorick and the Midwife Roles for Women in the EighteenthCentury Church of England
149
Guys and Monks AntiCatholicism in the Church of England
183
The Shandean Liturgy
215
Notes
247
Glossary
270
Bibliography
279
Index
288
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