Category Archives: Courtship and Marriage

Married to Money: Dowries in Victorian England

 By Allyson Thaxton (appearing as Georgiana Darcy in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) A dowry, or marriage portion, is a process whereby parental property is distributed to a daughter at her marriage rather than at the holder’s death. In England, failure … Continue reading

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The Structure and Social Function of Assemblies, Balls, Parties, and Dances.

By Cosette Hatch (appearing as Kitty Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) Following the fall of the Ancient Regime in 1789, social dancing became more natural and egalitarian.  Both clothing and dancing became less elaborate and restrictive as the rigid … Continue reading

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The Life and Options of 19th Century Women

By Aubrey Reynolds (appearing as Jane Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) The social anthropology in eighteenth century England was intricate and in flux. It presents a clash between two social elements namely, class and gender. Additionally, the social caste … Continue reading

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Courtship and Marriage in the Regency Period

By Laura Wardle (appearing as Mrs. Bennet in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) “Sir James Martin had been drawn in by that young lady to pay her some attention; and as he is a man of fortune, it was easy to … Continue reading

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The Value of Love

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Mrs. Bennet’s M.O.

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Gretna Dream: Why English Lovers Eloped to Scotland

By Anne Gibson Edited by Anne Flinders, dramaturg The marriage laws of 18th century Scotland appear astonishingly lax. Girls aged 12 and boys aged 14 were able to marry without parental approval. By contrast, from 1753, England’s Marriage Act sought … Continue reading

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