Who to Marry? Suitors and Fiancées

Siân Reynolds

in Marriage and Revolution

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560424
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741814 | DOI:
Who to Marry? Suitors and Fiancées

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In this chapter, the nature of eighteenth-century marriages at different levels of society is discussed. Previous suitors or fiancées of Marie-Jeanne Phlipon and Jean-Marie Roland illustrate the unusual nature of the marriage: both families have other ideas. The couple's first meeting, secret engagement and up-and-down courtship are described. Conducted largely by letter, their agreement faces obstacles of pride, prejudice and emotion, and almost breaks down, before a dramatic interview at the convent.

Keywords: marriage; courtship; suitors; convent; engagement

Chapter.  6633 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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