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The Game of Love in Georgian England: Courtship, Emotions, and Material Culture

Sally Holloway


Courtship in Georgian England was a decisive moment in the life cycle, imagined as a tactical game, an invigorating sport, and perilous journey across a turbulent sea. This book brings to life the emotional experience of courtship using the words and objects selected by men and women to navigate this potentially fraught process. It provides new insights into the making and breaking of relationships, beginning with the formation of courtships using the language of love, the development of intimacy through the exchange of love letters, and sensory engagement with love tokens such as flowers, por ... More

Keywords: courtship, love, romantic relationships, matrimony, emotions, material culture, objects, family, life cycle, Georgian England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823070
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823070.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sally Holloway, author
Vice Chancellor's Research Fellow in History & History of Art, Oxford Brookes University