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Marriage and RevolutionMonsieur and Madame Roland$
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Siân Reynolds

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199560424

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199560424.001.0001

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Who to Marry? Suitors and Fiancées

Who to Marry? Suitors and Fiancées

(p.48) 5 Who to Marry? Suitors and Fiancées
Marriage and Revolution

Siân Reynolds

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the nature of eighteenth-century marriages at different levels of society is discussed. Previous suitors or fiancées of Marie-Jeanne Phlipon and Jean-Marie Roland illustrate the unusual nature of the marriage: both families have other ideas. The couple's first meeting, secret engagement and up-and-down courtship are described. Conducted largely by letter, their agreement faces obstacles of pride, prejudice and emotion, and almost breaks down, before a dramatic interview at the convent.

Keywords:   marriage, courtship, suitors, convent, engagement

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