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Victorian Divorce

1st Edition

By Allen Horstman


196 pages

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First published in 1985. Beginning from the first documented British divorce in 1670, Professor Horstman traces the development of divorce, the different means by which it came about, and the relation of practice to moral attitudes. Many cases are presented in summary form, and give a vivid picture of the patterns of behaviour and the agonies of conscience that accompanied this last resort solution. Written in a vivid style, the book casts an often startling light on the behaviour of our ancestors of little more than a century ago.

Table of Contents

List of Tables; Preface; Abbreviations; A Note on Language; 1. The Origins 2. Before the Act: Victorian Divorce, Part I 3. Resistance: The Church of England 4. The Reformers: Lawyers and Politicians 5. After the Act: Victorian Divorce, Part II 6. Victorian Hypocrisy 7. Divorce, Hypocrisy and Respectability; Appendix: The Literature of Divorce and the Family; Select Bibliography; Index

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Routledge Library Editions: The Victorian World

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century