June, 2024

Lawfully Wedded

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There is something in the air that makes June a perfect month to get married. Be inspired – or reminisce – with 10 gems from our catalog.

As far as inspiration goes, Edward J. Wood has done plenty of research already. Read about different ceremonies for The Wedding Day in All Ages and Countries as well as surrounding folklore and superstitions.

However, the very first question to ask is Why Marry? Although Helen has many suitors, she is determined to remain unattached. But it wouldn’t be a comedy by Jesse Lynch Williams if things would go her way that easily…

Edmund Spenser found himself in the opposite predicament: The lady of his choice only consented after two years of courtship. Good for us though, as we can read all the details about it in Amoretti and Epithalamion.

Sometimes, you get more than you bargained for. A young Englishman searches for a lost heir – and is heading straight into An Outback Marriage. Bush Poet Andrew Paterson depicts early Australian society with much humor.

A little humor goes a long way and can help over the inevitable bumps of any relationship. Mary Stewart Doubleday Cutting tells 11 Little Stories of Married Life that run the gamut from blissful to miserable.

Even before her wedding day, Betty knew where she was heading – and preferred to escape her overbearing groom, not to mention her family. Find out what’s in store for her now in Grace Livingston Hill’s Exit Betty.

It would have been better for the monk Astorre not to fulfill his father’s dying wish. Yet, he left his monastery to get married and finds it hard to adapt to worldly life. Conrad Ferdinand Meyer details what happens after Die Hochzeit des Mönchs.

What exactly is The Morality of Marriage? In this collection of essays, Feminist Mona Caird is critical of the state of marriage laws in the Victorian era and advocates for a more equal partnership instead.

But what does that mean – especially when the two partners have different cultural backgrounds? Mae Franking knows first hand and tells us about her experiences in My Chinese Marriage, ghostwritten by Katherine Anne Porter.

Sometimes it’s best just to be a guest, like at The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. This allegory marks the third original manifesto of the Rosicrucians, in the very first translation by E. Foxcroft.

Enjoy – and have a great (wedding) day!


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