Preparing for Courtship: The task of finding a suitor — 16 Comments

  1. Oh dear it was a lot harder in those days. No chatting up in the pub or at work! Although talking of work,if you were a person of means you didn’t have to work so could spend your time learning these accomplishments if you were so inclined. Fascinating post thank you. I look forward to the next installment 😊

  2. Thank goodness it has all changed now!!! Very interesting article. Thank you. Really enjoyed reading about “courtship”

  3. I enjoyed learning about courtship in the Regency era. I like some of the parts of courtship, but others were not so good. But what expense was involved, for some. Thank you for sharing this information with us.

    • Meg, all the art is in the public domain, from wikimedia. The first two paintings are Edmund Blair Leighton, the third is Wilhelm Schreuer and the last is Alfred Grevin.

  4. Mrs. Bennet certainly didn’t waste any time getting her daughters ‘out’ in hopes of ensuring she didn’t land in the hedgerows! Oh the intricacies of courting and marriage. Thank you Maria!

    • That would certainly have been a good reason for her behavior. Especially considering Mr. Bennet wasn’t going to do much to ensure his daughter had the right kinds of introductions. Thanks, Carole!

  5. I am currently reading Amanda Vickery’s “A Gentelman’s Daughter: Women’s Lives in Georgian England” and recently finisher her, “Behind Closed Doors: At Home With the Georgians”. If you want some well researched work, check her out.
    Thanks for your concise post!

  6. Am I thankful I didn’t live 200 years ago? You bet! The thought of being trailed around to social events with the sole intention of being found suitable for someone to marry is just so alien to all of us 21st centruy women isn’t it? I guess most women of those times accepted it as the norm but there must have been some, like Elizabeth Bennet, who chafed at the rules and restrictions society put upon them.

    Thanks for a facinating post. I hadn’t realised that the ‘personal ad’ had such a long history.

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