19th Century France

By Dayne Willis

Arranged Marriages

Marriages were often arranged by parents for economical reasons, though sometimes by mutual friends. They were often between people of the same or similar socio-economic class. It was hardly ever done for love, but often love developed after the marriage. There was generally a short courting period in which the couple and their families became acquainted before a marriage was settled upon. This period was seen with varying levels of zeal, depending on the circumstances of the arrangement.

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Sources

""Nineteenth Century French Working Women: Love, Marriage & Children" by Kelly Grear." "Nineteenth Century French Working Women: Love, Marriage & Children" by Kelly Grear. Kelly Grear, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2016.