The Rural Life of England
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The Rural Life of England

By William Howitt
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Table of Contents
  • THE RURAL LIFE OF ENGLAND.
  • PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION.
  • LIST OF EMBELLISHMENTS.
  • CONTENTS.
  • PART I. RURAL LIFE, PURSUITS, AND ADVANTAGES OF THE GENTRY OF ENGLAND.
    • CHAPTER I. PRE-EMINENCE OF ENGLAND AS A PLACE OF COUNTRY RESIDENCE.
    • CHAPTER II. ENVIABLE POSITION OF THE ENGLISH COUNTRY GENTLEMAN, AS REGARDS ALL THE PLEASURES AND ADVANTAGES OF LIFE.
    • CHAPTER III. LIFE OF THE GENTRY IN THE COUNTRY.
    • CHAPTER IV. THE ROUTINE OF COUNTRY SPORTS.
      • A WORD WITH THE TOO SENSITIVE.
    • CHAPTER V. SCIENTIFIC FARMING.
    • CHAPTER VI. PLANTING.
    • CHAPTER VII. GARDENS.
    • CHAPTER VIII. COUNTRY EXCITEMENTS.
  • PART II. LIFE OF THE AGRICULTURAL POPULATION.
    • CHAPTER I. THE ENGLISH FARMER.
    • CHAPTER II. THE ENGLISH FARMER, AS OPERATED UPON BY MODERN CAUSES AND THEORIES.
    • CHAPTER III. FARM-SERVANTS.
    • CHAPTER IV. THE BONDAGE SYSTEM OF THE NORTH OF ENGLAND.
    • CHAPTER V. THE TERRORS OF A SOLITARY HOUSE.
      • EXTRAORDINARY INTREPIDITY OF SIR JOHN PURCELL.
    • CHAPTER VI. MIDSUMMER IN THE FIELDS.
  • PART III. PICTURESQUE AND MORAL FEATURES OF THE COUNTRY.
    • CHAPTER I. GIPSIES.
      • GIPSIES OF NEW FOREST.
      • GIPSIES OF FASHION.
    • CHAPTER II. NOOKS OF THE WORLD; OR, A PEEP INTO THE BACK SETTLEMENTS OF ENGLAND.
    • CHAPTER III. NOOKS OF THE WORLD: LIFE IN THE DALES OF LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE.
    • CHAPTER IV. OLD ENGLISH HOUSES.
    • CHAPTER V. HARDWICK HALL.
    • CHAPTER VI. ANNESLEY HALL AND HUCKNALL.
      • ANNESLEY HALL.
    • CHAPTER VII. NEWSTEAD.
    • CHAPTER VIII. CHARACTERISTICS OF PARK SCENERY.
  • PART IV. CAUSES OF THE STRONG ATTACHMENT OF THE ENGLISH TO COUNTRY LIFE.
    • CHAPTER I. THE LOVE OF THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL IN NATURE MORE EMINENTLY DEVELOPED IN MODERN LITERATURE THAN IN THE CLASSICAL.
    • CHAPTER II. THE PRE-EMINENCE OF THE LOVE OF NATURE IN THE ENGLISH LITERATURE OVER THAT OF ALL OTHER MODERN NATIONS—THE PROMOTION OF THIS PASSION BY THE WRITINGS OF PROFESSOR WILSON, IN BLACKWOOD’S MAGAZINE; AND BY THE WOOD-CUTS OF BEWICK—MEANS OF STILL FURTHER ENCOURAGING IT.
    • CHAPTER III. THE PRESENT STATE OF WOOD-ENGRAVING AS IT REGARDS RURAL SUBJECTS.
  • PART V. THE FORESTS OF ENGLAND.
    • CHAPTER I. THE FORESTS OF ENGLAND.
    • CHAPTER II. NEW FOREST.
    • CHAPTER III. SHERWOOD FOREST.
    • CHAPTER IV. FOREST ENCLOSURES.
    • CHAPTER V. WILD ENGLISH CATTLE.
  • PART VI. HABITS, AMUSEMENTS, AND CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE.
    • CHAPTER I. COTTAGE LIFE.
    • CHAPTER II. POPULAR FESTIVALS AND FESTIVITIES.
    • CHAPTER III. MAY-DAY.
    • CHAPTER IV. EASTER FESTIVITIES.
    • CHAPTER V. WHITSUNTIDE.
    • CHAPTER VI. CHRISTMAS.
    • CHAPTER VII. THE FAIRY SUPERSTITIONS.
    • CHAPTER VIII. THE VILLAGE INN.
    • CHAPTER IX. POPULAR PLACES OF RESORT.—WAKES, STATUTES, AND FAIRS.
      • STATUTES.
      • FAIRS.
    • CHAPTER X. THE RURAL WATERING-PLACE.
    • CHAPTER XI. SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF THE PEOPLE. HISTORY OF THEIR CHANGES, AND PRESENT STATE.
    • CHAPTER XII. WRESTLING.
    • CHAPTER XIII. FAVOURITE PURSUITS OF ENGLISH COTTAGERS AND WORKMEN.
    • CHAPTER XIV. SUNDAY IN THE COUNTRY.
    • CHAPTER XV. CHEAP PLEASURES OF COUNTRY LIFE.
    • CHAPTER XVI. LINGERING CUSTOMS.
    • CHAPTER XVII. EDUCATION OF THE RURAL POPULATION.
    • CHAPTER XVIII. CONCLUDING CHAPTER.
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