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Living in sin (Gender in History) Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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'Most historians of sexuality, courtship, marriage and the family in Victorian and early 20th century Britain will already be familiar with the excellent social and cultural histories of Ginger Frost. It will come as no surprise to them to learn that Living in Sin is a wonderful book' --Tanya Evans, Macquarie University, Review No.830 URL: http://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/paper/evans2.html

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"Living in Sin" is the first book-length study of cohabitation in nineteenth-century England, based on research into the lives of hundreds of couples. 'Common-law' marriages did not have any legal basis, so the Victorian courts had to wrestle with unions that resembled marriage in every way, yet did not meet its most basic requirements. Unsurprisingly, the courts reacted with ambiguity, upholding cohabitation in some instances and punishing it in others. By challenging the definition of marriage through their actions, couples reformed the state's dealings with it, influencing judges to lenient sentences and legislators to reform the laws. Nevertheless, cohabitees never had legal status and this had serious repercussions for women and children. The majority of those who lived in irregular unions did so because they could not marry legally. Others, though, chose not to marry, either from indifference, class differences, of because they dissented fro marriage for philosophical reasons.This book looks at each motivation in turn, highlighting class, gender and generational differences, as well as the reactions of wider kin and community.

Cohabitation was not the same as marriage, but many family and friends accepted at least women irregular unions, most readily in the working classes. All the same, the sexual double standard meant that women suffered more than men from the disadvantages of 'free unions'. Frost shows how these couples slowly widened the definition of legal marriage, preparing the way for the more substantial changes of the twentieth century, making this a valuable resource for all those interested in Gender and Social History.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0719085691
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press; Reprint edition (19 July 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O65F1CC
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