The Victorians have a reputation for being prim, proper and persnickety.
As a member of the upper class in Victorian England (during the reign of Queen Victoria, 1837-1901), one had to know the exhaustive rules of etiquette that went along with one's position.
What was courtship and marriage like for our distant ancestors?
During medieval times, the importance of love in a relationship emerged as a reaction to arranged marriages, but was still not considered a prerequisite in matrimonial decisions.A woman was never to go anywhere alone with a gentleman without her mother's permission.A woman was never to go out with a gentleman late at night.During the Victorian era, unmarried women complained of all the good men being "taken", and they wondered if "Mr. Advice manuals were prevalent during the Victorian years, and women turned to these books for the advice that they provided, whether good or bad.These books offered advice on not marrying young and one particular manual that was written in 1874 stated, "A young woman cannot be considered if any sense prepared for this under 21; 25 is better." However, if a woman did not marry early in life, statistically, she may not be able to marry at all.