The Resource Living in sin : cohabiting as husband and wife in nineteenth-century England, Ginger S. Frost

Living in sin : cohabiting as husband and wife in nineteenth-century England, Ginger S. Frost

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Living in sin : cohabiting as husband and wife in nineteenth-century England
Title
Living in sin
Title remainder
cohabiting as husband and wife in nineteenth-century England
Statement of responsibility
Ginger S. Frost
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Language
eng
Summary
"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 everyway, yet did not meet its most basic requirements. Unsurprisingly, the courts reacted with ambiguity, upholding cohabitation in some instances and punishing it in others. By challenging the definition of marriage through their actions, couples reformed the state's dealings with it; nevertheless, cohabitees never had legal status and this had serious repercussions for women and children." "The majority of those who lived in irregular unions did so because they could not marry legally. Others, though, chose not to marry, either from indifference, 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. Cohabitation was not the same as marriage, but many family and friends accepted at least some irregular unions, most readily in the working classes. At the same time, the sexual double standard meant that women suffered more than men from the disadvantages of 'free unions'." "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."--BOOK JACKET
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UKM
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1962-
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Frost, Ginger Suzanne
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ803.5
LC item number
.F76 2008
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Gender in history.
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  • Unmarried couples
  • Unmarried couples
  • Freie Liebe
  • Konkubinat
  • Partnerschaft
  • Single
  • Recht
  • Eheähnliche Gemeinschaft
  • Soziale Situation
  • Eheähnliche Gemeinschaft
  • England
  • England
  • England
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Living in sin : cohabiting as husband and wife in nineteenth-century England, Ginger S. Frost
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-254) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cohabitation, illegitimacy, and the law in England, 1750-1914 -- Violence and cohabitation in the courts -- Affinity and consanguinity -- Bigamy and cohabitation -- Adulterous cohabitation -- The 'other Victorians' : the demimonde and the very poor -- Cross-class cohabitation -- Radical couples, 1790-1850 -- Radical couples, 1850-1914
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
vii, 264 pages
Isbn
9780719077364
Lccn
2009286117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)232981112
Label
Living in sin : cohabiting as husband and wife in nineteenth-century England, Ginger S. Frost
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 236-254) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cohabitation, illegitimacy, and the law in England, 1750-1914 -- Violence and cohabitation in the courts -- Affinity and consanguinity -- Bigamy and cohabitation -- Adulterous cohabitation -- The 'other Victorians' : the demimonde and the very poor -- Cross-class cohabitation -- Radical couples, 1790-1850 -- Radical couples, 1850-1914
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
vii, 264 pages
Isbn
9780719077364
Lccn
2009286117
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)232981112

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