Unquiet Lives: Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in England, 1660-1800

Unquiet Lives: Marriage and Marriage Breakdown in England, 1660-1800

by Joanne Bailey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521810582

ISBN-13: 9780521810586

Pub. Date: 01/28/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Drawing upon vivid court records and newspaper advertisements, this study challenges traditional views of married life in eighteenth-century England. It reveals husbands' and wives' expectations and experiences of marriage to expose the extent of co-dependency between spouses. The book, therefore, presents a new picture of power in marriage and the household. It

Overview

Drawing upon vivid court records and newspaper advertisements, this study challenges traditional views of married life in eighteenth-century England. It reveals husbands' and wives' expectations and experiences of marriage to expose the extent of co-dependency between spouses. The book, therefore, presents a new picture of power in marriage and the household. It also demonstrates how attitudes towards adultery and domestic violence evolved during this period, influenced by profound shifts in cultural attitudes about sexuality and violence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521810586
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2013
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Early Modern British History Series
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: assessing marriage; 2. 'To have and to hold': analysing married life; 3. 'For better, for worse': resolving marital difficulties; 4. 'An honourable estate': marital roles in the household; 5. 'With all my worldly goods I thee endow': spouses' contributions and possessions within marriage; 6. 'Wilt thou obey him and serve him': the marital power balance; 7. 'Forsaking all other': marital chastity; 8. 'Till death us do part': life after a failed marriage; 9. 'Mutual society, help and comfort': conclusion; Bibliography.

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