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Uncertain Unions: Marriage in England 1660–1753

Lawrence Stone


In Road to Divorce explored the different ways in which marriage took place, and analysed the confusion and uncertainty surrounding the legality of the institution in its various forms before the Marriage Act of 1753. This book shows in absorbing detail, through a series of case-studies, how courting and marrying couples tended to manoeuvre around the ambiguities of the law, and how they sometimes became entangled in a web of moral and legal contradiction leading to personal catastrophe. There are stories about unwise courtship, prenuptial pregnancies, forced marriages by parents ... More

Keywords: marriage, courting, marrying, couples, prenuptial pregnancies, forced marriage, bigamy, sexual conduct, moral attitudes, legal situation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202530
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Stone, author
Princeton University

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