Once a young woman was done with her schooling, she would be presented to society to show she was in the market for a husband.A girl’s "coming out" depended on her parent’s resources.At the end of the 18th century, the average age of first marriage was 28 years old for men and 26 years old for women.
People lived to an average age of just 40 in 19th-century England, but that number is deceiving.
Certainly, infants and children died of disease, malnutrition and mishaps at much higher rates than they do today.
Not all of the modern clichés we apply to English womanhood in the 1800s hold weight.
Below, explore five things Queen Victoria’s female contemporaries didn’t do as often as you might think.
“Victorian” became a synonym for prudery at the turn of the last century, largely because Victorian culture prized sexual restraint and banned any talk of physical love from the public sphere.
Women of the middle and upper classes were expected to conform to the sentimental idealization promoted by the literature and art of the time.
Even the fashions of the day, like tight corsets and hoop skirts, symbolized the rigid structure women were expected to live within.
Maintaining a spotless reputation was essential for both men and women, and once each was of marriageable age, there was a timetable and script to follow to matrimony.
The Victorian era began with Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1837 and ended with her death in 1901.