Intimacy and the life cycle in the marital relationships of the Scottish elite during the long eighteenth century

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Abstract

Traditionally marriage has been treated as one step in the life cycle, between youth and old age, singleness and widowhood. Yet an approach to the life cycle that treats marriage as a single step in a person's life is overly simplistic. During the eighteenth century many marriages were of considerable longevity during which time couples aged together and power dynamics within the home were frequently renegotiated to reflect changing circumstances. This study explores how intimacy developed and changed over the life cycle of marriage and what this meant for power, through a study of the correspondence of two elite Scottish couples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-206
Number of pages18
JournalWomen's History Review
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Patriarchy
  • Marriage
  • England

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