Women, Rank, and Marriage in the British Aristocracy, 1485–2000

An Open Elite?

  • Kimberly Schutte

Part of the Studies in Modern History book series (SMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: Marriages of Aristocratic British Women and Stability of Rank Identity, 1485–2000

  3. The Statistical Side of the Story

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-23
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      Pages 25-58
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      Pages 59-68
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  4. The Less Statistical Aspects of the Story

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-86
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      Pages 87-105
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      Pages 106-122
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 164-290

About this book


Through an analysis of the marriage patterns of thousands of aristocratic women as well as an examination of diaries, letters, and memoirs, this book demonstrates that the sense of rank identity as manifested in these women's marriages remained remarkably stable for centuries, until it was finally shattered by the First World War.


Britain women nobility aristocracy marriage rank class status identity World War I demographics

Authors and affiliations

  • Kimberly Schutte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HistoryState University of New YorkBrockportUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-46021-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-32780-2
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