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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.

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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Hardcover £49.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-60389-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Immediate ebook access, if available*, with your print order
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £49.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-86852-3
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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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