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Your search for posts with tags containing Newlyweds found 10 posts

‘A love sick fool no more': the perils of the honey-moon

From Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language Ah, those heady days of blossoming love. Here we have two couples at either end of the ‘honey-moon’ period, giving some hints of how a relationship changes in its early season –...
From: The History of Love on 18 Feb 2015

The tale of Elizabeth Smith (and her second husband’s first wife’s first husband), 1766

Sometimes, when trawling through historical records, a researcher comes across personal stories that seem destined for Hollywood. Take this dramatic tale of romance triumphing against all the odds, featuring sexually-charged teenage servants, illegimate...
From: The History of Love on 10 Dec 2014

A turbulent year in the life of an c18th marriage

And so, as we draw towards the end of the year, it seems only fitting to mark the occasion with a peek at a year in the life of a decidedly unsuccessful Georgian marriage. After marrying on New Year’s Day, our happy couple spend the next twelve...
From: The History of Love on 19 Dec 2013

The c17th Carrie Bradshaw?

The tendency of women to gossip about their sex lives with their friends has set men a-fretting for centuries. Far from being a phenomenon of the ‘Sex & the City’ era, women of the seventeenth century were just as likely to have intimate...
From: The History of Love on 30 Sep 2013

Plan your own broom-stick marriage

Weddings today seem such a stressful, complicated affair. If you have cast off the misery of a single life and plunged into all the misery of someone in pursuit of the perfect day, why not follow this eighteenth-century model of the Broomstick Marriage? a)...
From: The History of Love on 19 Sep 2013

How to Elope in Style, 1793

Detail from ‘The Elopement’ (1828) In the late eighteenth century, if you were under the age of 21 then you were generally considered too young to be trusted with your own heart. The Marriage Act of 1753 had decreed that no wedding conducted...
From: The History of Love on 2 Sep 2013

The 70-Year-Old Virgin, 1738

To Georgian Edinburgh, where in the summer of 1738 an almost-centenarian wed a nervous “undefiled” lady of about seventy. My interest was caught by the idea that her primary reason for pursuing marriage at such an advanced age was a fear of...
From: The History of Love on 5 Aug 2013

When Octagenarian Sex Made the Papers, 1800

I am a fan of the dancing centenarian, but was particularly struck by the parish concern over the sex life of John and Mary Barton, newlyweds aged 76 and 84.
From: The History of Love on 19 Jul 2013

Questionable Sex Advice for Newlyweds, 1786

“A NEW SONG, For a Wedding Night. How is that welcome night, When love and beauty make a feast Let not the Bridegroom be afraid Tho’ he encounters with a Maid: She’ll squeak, she’ll cry, She’ll faint, she’ll die, She’ll...
From: The History of Love on 15 Jul 2013

The Hasty Marriage, 1772

An ill-begotten child and an impudent wife. Poor old Dick. - From The Covent Garden Magazine, 1772 “The HASTY MARRIAGE. Scarce had five months expir’d, since Dick did wed, When lo! his fruitful wife was brought to bed; How now, cry’d...
From: The History of Love on 12 Jul 2013

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