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Women, Rank, and Marriage in the British Aristocracy, 1485-2000: An Open Elite? (Studies in Modern History)

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For British aristocratic women from the beginning of the Tudor era to the end of the First World War, there was nothing more important than making a suitable marriage to a groom of high rank. Failure could well have catastrophic consequences. It was the marriages of these noble daughters, far more than the unions of their brothers, which ensured a family's continued place within the titled ranks. Through an analysis of the marriage patterns of thousands of aristocratic women as well as an examination of diaries, letters, and memoirs, Schutte demonstrates that the sense of rank identity as manifested in these women's marriages remained remarkably stable for centuries, until it was finally shattered by the First World War.

About the Author

Kimberly Schutte is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at the State University of New York, at Brockport, USA. Her work focuses on the lives and careers of the aristocracy, particularly aristocratic women. She is the author of A Biography of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox (1515-1578) (2002).

Table of Contents

Introduction
Prologue: Identity and Rank
PART I: THE STATISTICAL SIDE OF THE STORY
1. The Basic Marriage Patterns
2. 'British' Marriages
3. An Open Aristocracy?
PART II: THE LESS STATISTICAL ASPECTS OF THE STORY
4. The Marriage Market
5. Practical Considerations
6. Kinship Groups
7. Elopement and Defiant Matches
Conclusion

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137327796
Author:
Schutte, Kimberly
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Schutte, Kim
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Modern - General
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
World History-England General
Copyright:
Series:
Studies in Modern History
Publication Date:
20140531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 b/w photos, 9 figures
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.43 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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