10 Facts about Marriage and Divorce in Historical England — 5 Comments

  1. Interesting stuff. The divorce laws make me think that people would be more careful about marrying during the regency, but, then again, the future is not often the primary concern when madly in love. (Emphasis on “madly.”) People often act without thinking carefully – we’ve probably all been guilty of that.

    • “Marry in haste, repent in leisure”? You’re right, those “love matches” don’t always work out, but I imagine many of the Georgian marriages, at least of the wealthy, were unhappy because they were so carefully orchestrated for unromantic reasons, like bloodlines, titles, and money. They found happiness with lovers and mistresses, and didn’t divorce unless the man needed a new wife to produce a male heir. Paget’s case is so interesting because he had an “heir and a spare” from his first wife and still pursued marriage to the second wife (and had ten children by her). Thanks for stopping by, Joy!