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

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)433-454
    Number of pages23
    JournalWomen's History Review
    Volume26
    Issue number3
    Early online date20 Jun 2016
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2017

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