In Bed with the Victorians

The Life-Cycle of Working-Class Marriage

Authors: Holmes, Vicky

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  • Examines the hidden history of the life-cycle of the marital bed in Victorian England
  • Utilises coroner's inquest reports to give a voice to the working classes
  • Provides greater insight into the Victorian working class and their domestic lives
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This book examines the life-cycle of Victorian working-class marriage through a study of the hitherto hidden marital bed. Using coroners’ inquests to gain intimate access to the working-class home and its inhabitants, this book explores their marital, quasi-marital, and post-marital beds to reveal the material, domestic, and emotional experience of working-class marriage during everyday life and at times of crisis. Drawing on the recent approach of utilising domestic objects to explore interpersonal relationships, the marital bed not only provides a rereading of the experiences of the working-class wife but also brings the much maligned or simply overlooked working-class husband into the picture. Moreover, it also extends our understanding of the various marriage-like arrangements existing throughout this class. Moving through the marital life-cycle, this book provides a greater understanding of marriages from the outset, during childbirth, at times of strife and marital breakdown, and upon the death of a spouse.

About the authors

Vicky Holmes is Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London, UK.

Reviews

“The book offers an entirely new contribution to the history of marriage with its use of new sources and its helpful attention to different phases of working-class married life.” (Helena Michie, Victorian Studies, Vol. 62 (4), 2020)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Victorian Working-Class Marriage and the Marital Bed

    Pages 1-13

    Holmes, Vicky

  • Beds of Newlyweds

    Pages 15-33

    Holmes, Vicky

  • From Marital Bed to Childbed

    Pages 35-50

    Holmes, Vicky

  • Marital Beds in Marital Strife

    Pages 51-64

    Holmes, Vicky

  • Beds After Marital Separation

    Pages 65-82

    Holmes, Vicky

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eBook £39.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-60390-2
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Hardcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-60389-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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  • Shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
Softcover £49.99
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  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
In Bed with the Victorians
Book Subtitle
The Life-Cycle of Working-Class Marriage
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-60390-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-60390-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-60389-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86852-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 125
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