The 19th century was ‘a period of energetic marital non-conformity amongst couples of all social classes’, at least according to Tanya Evans’ review of Ginger Frost’s Living in Sin: Cohabiting as Husband and Wife in Nineteenth-Century England.

The book deals with varied experiences of non-married cohabitation across different regions and classes and between the sexes, and explores the many reasons why people at this time failed to enter into officially-sanctioned marriages.

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