Welcome to a new author to the cafe and bookstore… Barb Drummond and her latest book released at the end of August – Frolicksome Women & Troublesome Wives – Wife Selling England.
About the book
In the late 18th century, French travellers claimed an Englishman tired of his wife could dispose of her at Smithfield’s beast market. Examples can be found scattered through press records. Some were, as often claimed, brutal, sometimes drunken affairs. But others were civilised, even joyful events ending in marriage-style dinners. They varied widely over time, place, and practice. In England marriage was easily entered into, but was virtually impossible to escape. Sales took many forms to ensure they were legal, and rituals were often incorporated.
This book is about the nature of marriage itself, of what it meant to our ancestors, of how the public responded to disputes, and about the rights of women and children. Some sales were initiated by women, who were often nameless, but appear as intelligent, opinionated and who knew their rights. There were many men and women who believed there was an alternative to a life of misery, to be ended by death.
You can buy the book: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Frolicksome-Women-Troublesome-Wives-Selling/dp/191282907X
A selection of other books by Barb Drummond:
A review for Stride, Shuffle or Crawl: A Glastonbury Walk
Gives you exactly what you want. I wanted to know more about the Tor and getting up there. I might crawl up one side but then I think I could walk on the easy side!
You can find all the reviews and books via: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barb-Drummond/e/B0034PP5YY
And Amazon US: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Barb-Drummond/e/B0034PP5YY
You can find all the books and follow Barb on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1244006.Barb_Drummond
About Barb Drummond
Barb Drummond has been researching and self-publishing books on British history for over a decade. She writes about art, architecture, civil engineering and abolition of the slave trade. She has appeared on local tv and radio, carried out research for the British Empire and Commonwealth Museum and is often consulted by researchers.
On September 4 2018 she published a trio of quirky, original books:
Mr Bridges’ Enlightenment Machine: Forty Years on Tour in Georgian Britain
Frolicksome Women and Troublesome Wives: Wife Selling in England
The Midas of Manumission: Samuel Gist and his Virginian Slaves
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Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you will explore Barb Drummond’s books further.. I do love the title of Frolicksome Women…..thanks Sally