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The Church, Consanguinity and Trollope

@inproceedings{Durey2008TheCC,
  title={The Church, Consanguinity and Trollope},
  author={Jill Felicity Durey},
  year={2008}
}
Introduction The Church’s attitude to cousin marriage varied through the centuries and shaped public opinion. But public opinion began to differ radically from that of the Church after a single sentence by Charles Darwin (1809-82) in his 1862 book on orchid fertilization, criticising ‘perpetual self-fertilization’, commented ‘that marriage between near relations is likewise in some way injurious’.1 That sentence began a bitter debate about cousin marriage that lingers today, although Darwin… 
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