Q&A Courtship and Marriage In Jane Austen’s World (and a giveaway)

Courtship and Marriage5Courtship and Marriage in Jane Austen’s World is nearly ready for release.  It’s chock full of answers to some of the most burning questions about Jane Austen’s books. To whet your appetites, I’m opening up the floor to your questions.

What do you want to know about courtship and marriage in Jane Austen’s world?

Why were the Dashwoods thrown out of their home in Sense and Sensibility? How did dowries work? What about eloping? What was wrong with a secret engagement?

Here’s your chance to ask all those questions and get answers. Put your questions in the comments and on Aug 29, I’ll answer as many of them as I can fit into a post. And I’ll give away an ebook to one random commenter!

So get your questions in! Last day to ask a question will be Friday Aug 26. Can’t wait to start tackling your questions!


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    • Pam Hunter on August 23, 2016 at 9:28 am
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    Hi Maria! Could an engagement be broken without it being considered a scandal? Would it depend on who broke the engagement?

    • tgruy on August 23, 2016 at 9:54 am
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    What was a settlement and how was it worked out?

    • Amber on August 23, 2016 at 10:34 am
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    In the event of a second marriage, what rights did the children of the first marriage have, how was that handled?

    • Michele on August 23, 2016 at 10:53 am
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    There is a story on my radar where Elizabeth is married to the elder Mr. Darcy then on his death, she ends up falling in love with the younger Mr. Darcy and in the end they marry. In reality, would this type of marriage be accepted by society or would this have been a scandal?

  1. How was the woman’s dowry intended to protect her financial interests — and were there any legal remedies if her dowry was used by her husband, leaving her destitute upon his death?

    • Raquel M. on August 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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    Hi, if a man has no children, can his sister’s son inherit his title and land? Would he need to adopt him?

    • JanisB on August 23, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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    Why was there both a dowry and a marriage settlement? What about marriages in the “middle class” (approximating the Bennets) — did they also have dowries and marriage settlements?

    • Mary Preston on August 23, 2016 at 5:15 pm
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    Once an engagement was announced how soon after were they wed?

  2. I love the topic of this new book. Thanks for sharing this with us!

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