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‘Do not forget your bit wife’: love, marriage and the negotiation of patriarchy in Irish Presbyterian marriages, c. 1780–1850

Calvert, Leanne (2016) ‘Do not forget your bit wife’: love, marriage and the negotiation of patriarchy in Irish Presbyterian marriages, c. 1780–1850. Women's History Review . pp. 1-22. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2016.1163923

DOI: doi:10.1080/09612025.2016.1163923

Abstract

Drawing on the marital correspondence of Isabella Marshall and William John Campbell Allen, an Ulster Presbyterian couple, alongside a number of other Presbyterian families, this article explores how patriarchy was negotiated within Irish Presbyterian marriages, c. 1780–1850. It begins by framing the Campbell Allens as a case-study, and examines how the couple negotiated three elements of the patriarchal marriage ideal: love, obedience and the control of economic resources. Next, it uses the family papers and personal correspondence of two other Presbyterian couples, and considers how typical their examples are of love, marriage and patriarchy. This article argues that patriarchy was not a fixed principle in marriage. Rather, it was subject to a constant process of negotiation and refinement during the course of marriage. The roles played by women and men in marriage were also fluid and elastic.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:History of Marriage, Marital Relationships, Gender
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
ID Code:35928
Deposited By: Dr Leanne Calvert
Deposited On:08 Feb 2017 22:06
Last Modified:01 Dec 2017 23:23

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