'One wonders how many wives will identify with the women - abused or put-upon, silly or ignorant, sentimental or feisty, sexy or the opposite - that they will meet in these fascinating pages'
'a descriptive narrative of marital making and breaking, told through a tapestry of individual stories'
'Waller's wonderfully lively book brings to life the story of English marriage through accounts of mainly upper-class matches made for money or social advancement'
'The English Marriage...should be required reading. Waller uses meticulous research to piece together love letters, hate mail, private diaries, historic advice manuals and court judgements, tracing the evolution of the English marriage'/ 'a fascinating historical romp through the private lives of the great the good and the downright horrible'
'Her retelling of some of the most infamous nightmares in the history of English marriage is very well done'
'at times upsetting, astonishing and entertaining, but always informative, hugely readable and witty'
'And in her book The English Marriage, author Maureen Waller blames rising divorce rates on the fact that "the demand for emotional and sexual fulfilment from marriage has risen to unrealistic levels and there is less tolerance of boredom or a partner's shortcomings."'
In a series of lively vignettes, Maureen Waller examines how the church and the state seized control of marriage, the link between property and chastity, legal battles over divorce, child custody and bigamy, as well as adultery, desertion, elopement and even wife sales