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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2013
This is a very interesting history of what it was like to be engaged and get married at the beginning of the 20th Century.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I thought this was a very good book. It had a lot of neat and cool ideas. I will have this for many ideas for my upcoming renewal of vows as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2012
This is an interesting time capsule of marriage mores of about a century ago. It is pretty comprehensive and surprisingly still somewhat relevent.
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on January 4, 2015
This book was very enlightening, if this is the kind of information that interests you. Written in 1903 it describes the etiquette of dating, marriage, and married life for families in England at the time. It also goes into some details regarding traditions and rituals for other nations as well. As someone who has a strange fascination with the traditions of this time period, especially as they apply to men, I found the read entertaining and informative. It is written in the style of the period, but it is easy to understand. The information is concise and to the point with little extra added for the sake of the reader. Considering it was a free Kindle download it was definitely a good deal and I would recommend to anyone who has a passing interest in the time period or older traditions.
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on November 15, 2012
I read through this book after I got engaged and really enjoyed all the historical traditions. It is neat to see how things have changed and what has stayed the same. I suggest flipping through the chapters and reading the specific sections that apply to your situation. It is almost as much a book on relationships as it is etiquette.
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on August 2, 2014
Go into it with an open view toward reading an historic document. Ignore "sexism" and "political correctness" and immerse yourself in the culture of the time and place it was written.
A lot of the behavior recommended is still relevant today when put into modern context.
I quite liked it.
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on December 15, 2014
100 years ago, tradition meant something very different than it does today. As a woman engaged to a Korean man whose family has hugely different expectations of courtship, weddings and marriage, I found this turn of the century english girls handbook humorous and alleviating.
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on January 9, 2015
This book was written around the turn of the century so I am sure much has changed in etiquette but I still found it informative and entertaining, like a time capsule of culture.
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I am always interested in how things were done in our past, this book gave me a better view of what was considered proper in courtship and marriage.
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on February 18, 2015
wow this was a trip down a memory lane Im glad I don't live in. The old days etiquette was harsh at best haha
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