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A Cheerful and Comfortable FaithAnglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia$
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Lauren Winner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300124699

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300124699.001.0001

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The Liturgical Year around the Table

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A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith

Lauren F. Winner

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on the fact that the table provided a stage for numerous religious performances for elites in eighteenth-century Virginia. For example, meals provided an occasion for prayer. As is evident from even the cursory foregoing survey of the many ways the gentry's table practices were religiously inflected, religious engagement with food was never only about connecting church and household. Alimentary religiosity was always bound up with power and authority. Gentry women in Virginia had relative authority over the preparation of food, but that authority was always checked by their husbands and fathers, who often interfered with women's food management. Women's authority in food preparation was contested, but at the same time, women were associated with cooking, and had a more prominent role in gentry's liturgical foodways than they did in many other religious activities.

Keywords:   table, Virginia, table practices, alimentary religiosity, gentry women, food management, liturgical foodways

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