Clandestine Marriage in England, 1500-1850 (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
224
Utgivningsdatum
1995-07-01
Förlag
Hambledon Continuum
Illustratör/Fotograf
12ill
Illustrationer
12ill.
Antal komponenter
1
Komponenter
52:B&W 6.14 x 9.21in or 234 x 156mm (Royal 8vo) Case Laminate on White w/Gloss Lam
ISBN
9781852851309
Clandestine Marriage in England, 1500-1850 (inbunden)

Clandestine Marriage in England, 1500-1850

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While marriages were supposed to be celebrated publicly by priests, in churches where the parties were known, many couples had reasons - among them parental disapproval, religious nonconformity, property considerations and previous entanglements - to marry in other ways. Nor was this difficult where there was no unified marriage code, where a simple exchange of vows, might constitute a valid marriage, and where unbeneficed priests were prepared to perform the ceremony in return for a drink. Clandestine marriage had represented a problem to the church and state, and to the rights of property, since the Middle Ages, eluding a variety of attempts to control it. By the 18th century it had become a scandal, with Fleet parsons marrying thousands of couples a year. In 1753 Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act nullified such irregular marriages, only to drive them to adopt other guises until the introduction of civil marriage in 1836. This study explores the nature and scale of clandestine marriage. The author describes why it attracted so many customers and why it was so hard to suppress. It aims to provide a different perspective on a central social and religious institution.
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