Courtship, Love, and Marriage in Nineteenth-Century English Canada

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Mar 1, 1990 - Social Science - 232 pages
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Courtship, love, and marriage are seen today as very private affairs, and historians have generally concluded that after the late eighteenth century young people began to enjoy great autonomy in courtship and decisions about marriage. Peter Ward disagrees with this conclusion and argues that freedom in nineteenth-century English Canada was constrained by an intricate social, institutional, and familial framework which greatly influenced the behaviour of young couples both before and after marriage.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Prologue
9
1 The Christian Setting of Courtship and Marriage
15
2 Law and Property in Courtship and Marriage
32
3 Marriage Age and the Marriage Market
50
4 The Territories of Courtship
64
5 The Rituals of Romance
90
6 Families Friends and Property
120
7 The Quest for Intimacy
148
Conclusion
169
Epilogue
177
Appendix
179
Notes
183
Index
215
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