Don't appologise, Patricia; that was very interesting...
Posted by Marie Bernadette on March 21, 1998 at 00:10:07:
In response to Laurence Stone's other book, written by P. Bingham on March 20, 1998 at 13:50:16
I just want to add a comment. Sometimes, and I can't remember where I heard this, probably the Stone book (I have it, too), if The Lord of the Manor or some such put a female servant 'in the family way', he would adopt or legitimise the child. The servant was not always dismissed; it seemed to very.
If the 'Lord of the Manor' did not want to take responsibility for his issue, sometimes a male servant would be married off to the pregnant servant. He was usually given a small sum of money. I think the couple then went somewhere else, but maybe not always. In The 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue this is referred to as 'standing Moses'. "To stand Moses: A man is said to stand Moses when he has another man's bastard child fathered upon him, and he is obliged by the parish to maintain it."
- Lords & unexpected babies P. Bingham 18:52:35 3/21/98 (3)
- Out of the running... Marie Bernadette 13:29:53 3/23/98 (2)
- bastards P. Bingham 22:12:58 3/25/98 (1)
- It still amazes me the amount of inform. U can provide :-) nfm Constanza 11:03:49 3/26/98 (0)
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