A History Of The Wife
How did marriage, considered a religious duty in medieval Europe, become a venue for personal fulfillment in contemporary America? How did the notion of romantic love, a novelty in the Middle Ages, become a prerequisite for marriage today? And, if the original purpose of marriage was procreation, what exactly is the purpose of marriage for women now?
Combining "a scholar's rigor and a storyteller's craft"(San Jose Mercury News), distinguished cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage in the Judeo Christian world through the centuries and shows how radically our ideas about marriage have changed.
For any woman who is, has been, or ever will be married, this intellectually vigorous and gripping historical analysis of marriage sheds new light on an institution most people take for granted, and that may, in fact, be experiencing its most convulsive upheaval since the Reformation.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing
A well-researched, well-organized and fascinating study of what it has meant to be a "wife." Read full review
Review: A History of the WifeUser Review - Miriam - Goodreads
Fascinating. It is what it's title claims, a history of the wife. And because for most of history, most women have been wives, it is also the history of women and their lot in western society for the past few thousand years. Read full review
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