Road to Divorce: England, 1530-1987

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Much has been written about the history of the family and how marriages were made in England: this is the first book to tackle the problem of how, why, and on what scale they are broken. Written by the leading historian of family life, 'Road to Divorce' provides the first full study of a topic rich in historical interest and directly relevant to contemporary society.
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Overview

Much has been written about the history of the family and how marriages were made in England: this is the first book to tackle the problem of how, why, and on what scale they are broken. Written by the leading historian of family life, 'Road to Divorce' provides the first full study of a topic rich in historical interest and directly relevant to contemporary society.
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"Offers a grand theoretical overview of changes in attitudes toward marriage and divorce during the course of four-and-a-half centuries....The gossipy tabloid quality of Stone's stories about couples is precisely what gives them their value as historical reconstructions of sex and romance seen through the eyes of their time....Few other historians have so successfully combined analytical and narrative approaches, and few works of history have offered such an intimate and detailed view of the social customs of early modern England."--Commonweal

"Stimulating, instructive and filled with interesting and important questions."--Albion

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Ranging from the Reformation to modern times, this book examines how English society has dealt with the dissolution of marriage, providing frank and intimate insights into the changing moral views of divorce. B&W illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198226512
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/1990
  • Edition description: 2002 Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Lexile: 1680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Lawrence Stone is Dodge Professor of History, and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University.

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