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From: Roz Griston <>
Subject: RE: Parish Registers
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 18:32:50 -0700

yes, unless that minister was out tending his flock..not having tea
with mrs. uppercrust and family. classism was a way of life in britain
and it is still dying a very slow death.
i mean seriously, to what purpose would it be to put an aside remark in
a register. it was labelling..and remember you could be considered a
whore for living with a man and never marrying him..but in the upper
circles the woman was called a consort. moral judgements went hand and
hand with one's financial status as well as birthright.

consider the term fallen woman..where had she fallen from?

-----Original Message-----
From:Mary Brockmeyer [SMTP:]
Sent:Monday, April 17, 2000 3:21 PM
Subject:Re: Parish Registers

----- Original Message -----
From: Joyce Stevens <>

>>Apparently, parish priests felt free to write any comments they
alongside marriages,
>>deaths, etc, such as thief, prostitute, beggar, good man, etc.

Am I wrong in my thought that these were not judgment calls on the part
the priest, but were instead acknowledged fact?

Mary Hayward Brockmeyer

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