Living in Sin Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century England

by Ginger Frost

Part of the Gender in History Series

Living in Sin Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century England Synopsis

Living in sin is the first book-length study of cohabitation in nineteenth-century England, based on research into the lives of hundreds of couples. 'Common-law' marriages did not have any legal basis, so the Victorian courts had to wrestle with unions that resembled marriage in every way, yet did not meet its most basic requirements. The majority of those who lived in irregular unions did so because they could not marry legally. Others chose not to marry, from indifference, from class differences, or because they dissented from marriage for philosophical reasons. This book looks at each motivation in turn, highlighting class, gender and generational differences, as well as the reactions of wider kin and community. Frost shows how these couples slowly widened the definition of legal marriage, preparing the way for the more substantial changes of the twentieth century, making this a valuable resource for all those interested in Gender and Social History. -- .

Living in Sin Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century England Press Reviews

Most historians of sexuality, courtship, marriage and the family in Victorian and early 20th century Britain will already be familiar with the excellent social and cultural histories of Ginger Frost. It will come as no surprise to them to learn that Living in Sin is a wonderful book' -- .

Book Information

ISBN: 9780719085697
Publication date: 1st May 2011
Author: Ginger Frost
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Categories: Social & cultural history, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Sociology: family & relationships,

About Ginger Frost

Ginger S. Frost is Professor of History at Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama. -- .

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