By Marilyn Yalom
How did marriage, thought of a non secular accountability in medieval Europe, develop into a venue for private success in modern the US? How did the idea of romantic love, a novelty within the center a while, turn into a prerequisite for marriage at the present time? And, if the unique goal of marriage was once procreation, what precisely is the aim of marriage for girls now? Combining "a scholar's rigor and a storyteller's craft"(San Jose Mercury News), uncommon cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage within the Judeo Christian global throughout the centuries and indicates how substantially our rules approximately marriage have replaced. For any lady who's, has been, or ever might be married, this intellectually lively and gripping old research of marriage sheds new gentle on an establishment most folks take with no consideration, and which may, in reality, be experiencing its so much convulsive upheaval because the Reformation.
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But whatever the motive it depended on social position, on family wealth that made unpaid work possible, and on the social connections that helped to make it effective. It was status ascribed by birth that opened up opportunites for public work, rather than status achieved by the demonstration of competence that is required for modern professional practice. Nevertheless, an assured social position lent the social service pioneers a confidence that comes less readily from professional training. A professional person is accorded special authority in The Nature of Social Service 39 recognition of specialised knowledge and experience, but narrowly restricted to professional matters.
14 The Gurneys, Nightingales and Potters were the richer of the ten families, cultivated, urbane, connected through kinship and friendship with some of the leading politicians, writers and intellectuals of their time. But although the other women had rather less affluent backgrounds, most of them lived extremely comfortably, within Family and Social Background 49 families with strong traditions of charitable and professional work and active interest in politics and social reform. These were perhaps the less 'wordly' households.
I need not caution you against any violation of the public peace, or opposition to the laws on which the welfare of society depends; but I will join you in seeking the accomplishment of this great object by every constitutional means. You may be assured that if the voice of the people of England shall be firmly but temperately and simultaneously raised in favour of Reform, it will speak throughout the land in a language which senators must heed and which legislators must obey ... These, my friends, are the means by which we must seek to save our country from a fatal convulsion, and by which the very Peers themselves will be saved from the effect of their own infatuation.
A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom