The introduction sets out the central aim of the book to rediscover the emotional experience of courtship, asking, what did it mean to marry in Georgian England? It introduces the sixty key couples from a broad variety of social and occupational groups, using materials drawn from thirty archives and museum collections. The chapter foregrounds the interdisciplinary methodologies used throughout the book, which draw upon anthropology, art history, literary theory, philosophy, and psychology to examine the cultural codes of love. It situates the chapters that follow among histories of emotions, romantic love, courtship, marriage, the family, and material culture.
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