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Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957$
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Timothy Willem Jones

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199655106

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199655106.001.0001

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Marriage and Equality

Marriage and Equality

(p.17) 1 Marriage and Equality
Sexual Politics in the Church of England, 1857-1957

Timothy Willem Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides a detailed examination of the Church’s involvement in three intertwined marriage law reform campaigns: divorce, polygamy, and the Deceased Wife’s Sister Act, and also considers the significance of the introduction of equal marriage vows in the 1927 Prayer Book. It reveals the influence of Anglo-Catholic sacramentalism on Anglican understandings of the marriage bond, and on the Church’s increased resistance to marriage law reform in the late nineteenth century.

Keywords:   marriage, divorce, polygamy, incest, Deceased Wife’s Sister Act, Anglo-Catholicism, sacrament

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