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Living In Sin: Cohabiting As Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-century England

Ginger S. Frost


This is a book-length study of cohabitation in nineteenth-century England, based on research into the lives of hundreds of couples. ‘Common-law’ marriages did not have any legal basis, so the Victorian courts had to wrestle with unions that resembled marriage in every way, yet did not meet its most basic requirements. The majority of those who lived in irregular unions did so because they could not marry legally. Others, though, chose not to marry, from indifference, from class differences, or because they dissented from marriage for philosophical reasons. This book looks at each motivation in ... More

Keywords: cohabitation, nineteenth-century England, couples, common-law marriages, Victorian courts, irregular unions, class differences, marriage, indifference, generational differences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780719077364
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719077364.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ginger S. Frost, author