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Love, Intimacy and Power: Marriage and Patriarchy in Scotland, 1650–1850

Katie Barclay


Through an analysis of the correspondence of over one hundred couples from the Scottish elites across the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, this book explores how ideas around the nature of emotional intimacy, love, and friendship within marriage adapted to a modernising economy and society, in turn shaping how power was negotiated between partners across the period. A feminist methodology is used to highlight how patriarchal values moulded the nature of the marital relationship, affecting how men and women perceived their role within it and how they understood married life. The book argues ... More

Keywords: Scottish elites, patriarchy, marital relationship, married life, gender, marriage, Scottish social history, household, correspondence, couples

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780719084904
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719084904.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katie Barclay, author