Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Why I Love History: Example 1,369,274

The following is a passage from "Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America" by David Hackett Fischer:

“Sussex Puritans made heavy use of hortatory names such as Be-courteous Cole (in the Parish of Pevensey), Safely-on-high Snat (Uckfield), Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith White (Ewhurst), Small-hope Biggs (Rye), Humiliation Scratcher (Westham), Kill-sin Pemble (also Westham), and Mortifie Hicks (Hailsham). A classic example was an unfortunate woman named Ffly Fornication Bull, of Hailsham, Sussex, who was made pregnant in the shop of a yeoman improbably called Goodman Woodman.” *

It took me about five minutes to stop giggling enough to continue reading.

*Note: Weird spellings are directly from the book. Spelling in the 1600's required a bit more creativity than nowadays.

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