Subtitle a feminist history of marriage

Ms. Rachael Lennon
Price $15.00 / £9.99
Description Description This is an intimate but wide-ranging feminist intersectional history of marriage, tracing the improvement in women’s lot over 500 years.

Feminist historian Rachael Lennon examines marriage traditions and rituals of cultures around the world interspersed with her own romantic aspirations and experience of planning a same-sex wedding.

“Which one of you is the bride?” asks a rather flustered florist. Who gets the engagement ring? Who’s given away? In shaking off patriarchal expectations, Rachael examines marriage’s troubling past and celebrates a more joyful present.

The book is structured in four parts:
  • Proposals - Popping the question
  • Weddings - The big day
  • Married life - What came next?
  • The end - Till death us do part?
Each section will include the brutal realities of past women’s experiences - from Eleanor of Aquitaine to Tudor queens, from the lives of enslaved Africans to East India Company children - whilst also recognising centuries of activists who have transformed the institution of marriage.

In the myriad of decision-making for our own weddings, we can build on the past to redefine this most personal of public institutions for the future.
Format Trade Paperback 256 Pages
ISBN 9780711267121
Size5.43 in x 8.50 in / 138.00 mm x 216.00 mm
Published Date February 7th, 2023
Ms. Rachael Lennon
Rachael Lennon was the National Trust’s co-founder of the revisionist Challenging Histories programme which Clare Balding claimed “will change the way history is written and thought about from this point onwards”. Having grown up understanding that marriage was only for a man and a woman, she married her wife Claire in Northumberland in 2017 - just 3 years after the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the UK. Rachael lives in Durham with her wife and daughter. A passionate feminist and women’s rights activist, she is a hugely promotable debut author and an exciting new historian for Aurum.
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