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- Publisher: White Soup Press (August 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: August 28, 2016
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- Language: English
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While aspect of a woman's life was covered in the course of the marriage, very few women were adequately taken care of after the death of their husbands. Lady Russell and Lady Catherine were the exceptions rather than the rule. It was not uncommon for a middle class or upper class woman to lose her standard of living after her husband died. Also, while women were expected to mourn the loss of a husband for a full year, men were expected to remarry quickly, especially if there were children. So whenever we read of the exhausting stipulations that a man in a novel puts in the marriage settlement, we should be cheering him on, not wondering that they were mentioned. Most women really did have a reason to mourn if their husbands did not make adequate provisions for them! There is a copy of the law that was written that governed marriage as a legal construct instead of something only of concern in an ecclesiastical sense. It makes for interesting reading. I also loved the recipe for making a wedding cake, although I wouldn't have liked making it. My arm hurt from reading it. Seriously - half an hour beating here, half an hour there. Small wonder that cooks are always shown as either men, or burly women, and small wonder that women in the early twentieth century were so enamored of the first hand operated egg beater. They must have viewed it the same way as I view my stand mixer that comes with a whip, whisk, and dough hook.
Lest you think this was a dry scholarly work, it was not. Maria wrote in her own voice, and the wonderful humor really helped to lighten a serious subject. It ranges from subtle asides to full blown snark, and I loved it. She is one of my favorite writers, but I will admit that I was not sure about this book until I actually started reading it. Once I did, I read it in a matter of hours. I found it interesting and was annoyed when real,life interrupted me. There is so much information, that it will require a second reading just to keep it all straight. As I said in the title, whether you are a Regency fan or an author, this book is an invaluable resource. To readers, it explains what is sometimes confusing, and for authors, it should be required reading. Before you break the mold you should know what the rules really are. Otherwise it would be like Picasso painting Guernica before he went through his blue period.
I was provided with an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and I am glad that I was. Otherwise I might have passed an opportunity to learn a lot about a very interesting period of history. You really owe it to yourself to read this because it answers a lot of questions, and makes the period and people more easily understood. I am a fan.
I love Jane Austen and Jane Austen Fan Fiction. I have read my fair share of both over the years as well as other Regency romances. I thought I was familiar with the do's and do not's of the time through osmosis...was I ever mistaken!
Maria Grace has written with a light but deft hand the intricacies of courtship and marriage during the Regency period. This serious business of courtship and marriage is conveyed with a sense of humour and examples from scenes of Jane Austen's works are provided and further clarified. It is a wonderful companion piece to have handy when reading these novels and others.
Not only does the Church of England have their tenets that must be followed, but Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act of 1753 was enacted to further delineate matters. These are all explained in lay person's terms that were fascinating. Excerpts from Ms. Grace's research from books of the times were added to show what young men and women needed to know to be a proper gentleman or lady.
Under Chapter 1 A New Idea: Marrying for Love, was the heading 'Duty of Virgins' which stated the following:
"It was the duty of a young woman to marry. The Whole Duty of a Woman written in 1737 stated: Woe to she who remained unmarried: An old Maid is now thought such a Curse as no Poetic Fury can exceed, look'd on as the most calamitous creature in Nature." Miss Bingley must have been frantic after reading that!
I found this to be a quick but very informative and educational read that I will be referring to again and again in the future. I highly recommend it not only for readers but authors who wish to delve into this time period.
Anyway, it's a thorough walkthrough of just how different Regency expectations of marriage were. Everything from Mr. Darcy's impropriety to why marrying for love was so controversial. Hint: It had a lot to do with business.
All in all, a fun, light-hearted read with a great look at a completely different culture.
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