Courtship, love and marriage in nineteenth-century English Canada

TitleCourtship, love and marriage in nineteenth-century English Canada
Publication TypeBook
1990
AuthorsWard, WP
PublisherMQUP
CityMontréal
9780773507494, 0773507493, 0773511040, 9780773511040
19th century, Canada, Courtship, History, Marriage, Social life and customs, Sociology, UNSPECIFIED

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.