there's a chronic fantasy concerning the British: that we're a kingdom of stoics, with stiff higher lips, repressed feelings, and inactive lachrymal glands. Weeping Britannia - the 1st background of crying in Britain - comprehensively debunks this myth.
Far from being a continual point within the 'national character', the inspiration of the British stiff top lip used to be in reality the fabricated from a comparatively short and militaristic interval of our prior, from approximately 1870 to 1945. In previous occasions we have been a kingdom of knowledgeable, occasionally virtuosic ethical weepers. to demonstrate this probably outstanding truth, Thomas Dixon charts six centuries of weeping Britons, and theories approximately them, from the medieval mystic Margery Kempe within the early 15th century, to
Paul Gascoigne's well-known tears within the semi-finals of the 1990 international Cup. In among, the ebook contains the tears of a few of the main influential figures in British heritage, from Oliver Cromwell to Margaret Thatcher (not forgetting George III, Queen Victoria, Charles Darwin, and Winston Churchill along
But the heritage of weeping in Britain isn't easily one in every of recognized tear-stained participants. those tearful micro-histories all give a contribution to a much bigger photograph of adjusting emotional rules and kinds over the centuries, pertaining to many different interesting parts of our historical past. for example, the booklet additionally investigates the histories of portray, literature, theatre, tune and the cinema to find how and why humans were moved to tears through the humanities, from the sentimental work and novels of
the eighteenth century and the romantic tune of the 19th, to Hollywood weepies, expressionist paintings, and pa tune within the 20th century.
Weeping Britannia is at the same time a museum of tears and a philosophical guide, utilizing historical past to shed new mild at the altering nature of Britishness through the years, in addition to the ever-shifting ways that we show and comprehend our emotional lives. the tale that emerges is one within which a formerly wealthy non secular and cultural historical past of manufacturing and examining tears was once virtually thoroughly erased through the increase of a stoical and repressed British empire within the overdue nineteenth
century. these forgotten philosophies of tears and feeling can now be rediscovered. within the technique, readers may possibly possibly come to view their very own tears in a special gentle, as anything greater than mere emotional incontinence.