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Marriage History - 18th Century

Marriage, courtship and divorce practices in the eighteenth century, shedding light on the roles and status of women, wives and widows.
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Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin
The story of the relationship between Mary Wollstonecraft and William Godwin, and their surprising marriage and her subsequent death in childbirth. His posthumous publication of her writings and of his biography of Wollstonecraft helped shape her reputation.

Some Reflections Upon Marriage
Summary of argument by Mary Astell, 1700, on the relationship of husband and wife in a society in which men have most of the authority and power.

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