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Marriage in Ireland, 1660–1925

Marriage in Ireland, 1660–1925

  • Publication planned for: May 2020
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108731904

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  • What were the laws on marriage in Ireland, and did church and state differ in their interpretation? How did men and women meet and arrange to marry? How important was patriarchy and a husband's control over his wife? And what were the options available to Irish men and women who wished to leave an unhappy marriage? This first comprehensive history of marriage in Ireland across three centuries looks below the level of elite society for a multi-faceted exploration of how marriage was perceived, negotiated and controlled by the church and state, as well as by individual men and women within Irish society. Making extensive use of new and under-utilised primary sources, Maria Luddy and Mary O'Dowd explain the laws and customs around marriage in Ireland. Revising current understandings of marital law and relations, Marriage in Ireland, 1660-1925 represents a major new contribution to Irish historical studies.

    • This wide-ranging history of marriage in Ireland looks below the level of elite society for the first time
    • Revises current understandings of marriage law, courtship, marital relations, desertion, separation and divorce within Ireland
    • Clarifies complicated marriage laws in the context of the various religious denominations and their relationship with the State.
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    • Publication planned for: May 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108731904
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 20 b/w illus. 11 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from May 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. What is a Marriage:
    1. A legal marriage?
    2. Couple beggars
    Part II. Ways to Marriage:
    3. Meeting and matching with a partner
    4. Courtship behaviour
    5. Breach of promise
    6. Abductions
    Part III. Happy Ever After?
    7. Marital relations
    8. Adultery and sex outside marriage
    9. Bigamy
    Part IV. The Unmaking of Marriage:
    10. Marital violence
    11. Desertion
    12. Divorce
    Conclusion
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Authors

    Maria Luddy, University of Warwick
    Maria Luddy is Emeritus Professor of Modern Irish History at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Her book Women and Philanthropy in 19th Century Ireland (1995) was awarded the James S. Donnelly Prize for best book in Irish history in 1996. She has published extensively on Irish social history, writing on unmarried mothers, nuns, and the history of Irish childhood. Her most recent publications include Prostitution and Irish Society, 1800-1940 (2007) and the co-edited collection Children, Childhood and Irish Society, 1500 to the Present (2014).

    Mary O'Dowd, Queen's University Belfast
    Mary O'Dowd is Emeritus Professor of Gender History at Queen's University Belfast and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. She has published extensively on women and gender in Irish history. Her most recent publications include, as co-author, Reading the Irish Woman: Studies in Cultural Encounters and Exchange, 1714-1960 (2014) and A History of the Girl: Formation, Education and Identity (2018) which she co-edited with June Purvis.

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