December 4th, 2010

music, serious face

ANON POST: Churching of mothers and christening used in 18th century Church of England

I've read articles on Wikipedia on the Anglican Church,
Christening/Infant Baptism in general. I've checked the CoE website, but
it just has information on current practices, not historical ones.
Searches on Google include: "churching of mothers in 18th century church
of england," "18th century church of england christening" with and
without quotes in various places to keep terms together. I found a very
detailed article about these practices in Sweden, but of course, my story
is taking place in 1790's England.

I'm trying to find out just a few main details here. 1. Is the mother
allowed at the christening if it is before she's churched (at 40 days
post partum)? 2. How long after birth was a typical christening? and 3.
Is the modern practice of 3-4 godparents the strict practice then?

I'd appreciate any and all help.
music, serious face

ANON POST: Death at the theater: police procedural details.

Present day. In a major theater in Manhattan, a performer falls from the flyloft, strikes his head on something unfortunate, and dies instantly before a full house. It's almost certainly an accident, though some of his cast mates have wild theories they wouldn't hesitate to share with the police.

Somewhere in the cheap seats, a mom with a young kid is hoping to leave as soon as possible, since all of this is very upsetting.

The question: who is regulating the crowd in this situation, and to what degree? Does theater security attempt to hold the audience until law enforcement arrives? If so, do Concerned Young Mom and Terrified Child make it home in time for dinner? From a practical perspective, what's their experience as audience witnesses like? How would it differ if the onstage death were either clearly malicious or clearly accidental?

I wasn't sure what to google for this, but tried 'theater accidents', 'theater deaths', 'leaving the scene of an accident' 'detaining witnesses' and 'witnesses leaving the scene', among others. Couldn't think of a way to narrow it down to groups of witnesses in reasonably enclosed semi-public spaces. Also read Wiki entries for "Witness" and "Crime scene".

Thanks to this awesome comm for existing, and advance thanks to the mods for posting and anyone with thoughts to share on this question. :)