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Tagged With: Romance

Romance: Instructions Peculiarly adapted to Young Women

It never ceases to amaze me how many books were printed in the eighteenth century on the subject of etiquette; for children, apprentices, young men, but mainly for young women and new wives[i].   These books seem to combine instructions for a bewildering variety of different subjects. Dr John Trusler[ii] who had published a book about … Continue reading »

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Reliving a love story

In the Times of Wednesday this week I read a short article abut love letters and how sometimes their story can change lives. A young woman in Canada found a cache of love letters written by her grandmother from post-war London to her newly-wed husband, a Canadian soldier, who had been repatriated to Canada ahead … Continue reading »

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18th Century Romance – The way to a Man’s Heart

In the eighteenth century, romance was a story and marriage was comfort and security; a sentiment that Thomas Fuller seemed to promote in his book Gnomologia: Adagies and Proverbs; Wise Sentences and Witty Sayings, published in 1732:  ‘Of soup and love, the first is the best’. My Mum always told me the way to a … Continue reading »

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