Cousin Marriage in Victorian England

  title={Cousin Marriage in Victorian England},
  author={Nancy Fix Anderson},
  journal={Journal of Family History},
  pages={285 - 301}
  • N. F. Anderson
  • Published 1 September 1986
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Cousin marriage, a common practice among preindustrial propertied classes and usually arranged by the families for economic reasons, continued as a marriage pattern among middle-class Victorians, for whom individual choice based on romantic love was the appropriate criterion for the selection of a marriage partner. This article argues that many Victorians married cousins as surrogates for beloved nuclear family members, toward whom strong attachments, accompanied by power ful unconscious… 

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