An Alternative to Divorce in the 18th Century

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Title

An Alternative to Divorce in the 18th Century

Subject

Husband Abandonment and Divorce

Description

Between the 17th and 19th centuries, divorce was very expensive and many commoners could not afford to divorce their husbands or wives. Instead, many british husbands would sell their wives in public places, such as markets, taverns, and fairs. This was a harsh display of mockery and humiliation. Although many saw this as a form of entertainment, many low-class british men used this to effectively divorce.

Creator

unknown

Source

https://www.history.com/news/england-divorce-18th-century-wife-auction

Publisher

Erin Blakemore-History Channel

Date

16th to 18th Century

Contributor

Christine Chang

Format

jpeg

Type

Divorce in the 18th Century

Files

divorce.jpg

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Citation

unknown, “An Alternative to Divorce in the 18th Century,” Enlightenmens, accessed October 28, 2021, http://enlightenmens.lmc.gatech.edu/items/show/194.

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