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Women and Marriage in Nineteenth-Century England - Joan Perkin

Women and Marriage in Nineteenth-Century England

Hardcover Published: 27th July 2005
ISBN: 9780415007719
Number Of Pages: 352

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The 'bonds of matrimony' describes with cruel precision the social and political status of married women in the nineteenth century. Women of all classes had only the most limited rights of possession in their own bodies and property yet, as this remarkable book shows, women of all classes found room to manoeuvre within the narrow limits imposed on them. Upper-class women frequently circumvented the onerous limitations of the law, while middle-class women sought through reform to change their legal status. For working-class women, such legal changes were irrelevant, but they too found ways to ameliorate their position. Joan Perkin demonstrates clearly in this outstanding book, full of human insights, that women were not content to remain inferior or subservient to men.

'It drives a coach and four through most preconceptions about those allegedly stuffy Victorians.' - Observer

' ... lively and interesting. Its strength is that it gets beyond unsatisfactory generalizations about marriage by approaching it at three social levels ... As a result the author succeeds in putting women and marriage into a sharper perspective than is often done ...' - History

Introductionp. 1
Women and the Lawp. 10
Marriage À la Modep. 33
A Family on the Thronep. 35
One Law for the Richp. 50
The Glorious Licence of a Wifep. 76
The Provoked Wifep. 102
Respectables and Roughsp. 113
Another Law for the Poorp. 115
A Life of Willing Sacrificep. 130
Rough and Ready Womenp. 156
The Country Wifep. 181
The Gilded Cagep. 205
The Crusade against Marriagep. 207
The Angel in the Housep. 233
A Life of One's Ownp. 257
The Battle of Jerichop. 292
Conclusionp. 311
Bibliographyp. 317
Indexp. 327
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ISBN: 9780415007719
ISBN-10: 0415007712
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 27th July 2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.59
Edition Number: 1

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