Love, Intimacy and Power

Marriage and patriarchy in Scotland, 1650–1850

By Katie Barclay

Love, Intimacy and Power


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9555-9
  • Pages: 236
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £15.99
  • Published Date: March 2014
  • BIC Category: History, History & Archaeology, General & world history, 20th century, c 1900 to c 1999, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Scotland, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies, Society & social sciences / Gender studies, gender groups, Humanities / 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000
  • Series: Gender in History


Winner of the 2012 Senior Hume Brown Prize in Scottish History and the 2012 Women's History Network (UK) Book Prize

Through an analysis of the correspondence of over one hundred couples from the Scottish elites across the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, this book explores how ideas around the nature of emotional intimacy, love and friendship within marriage adapted to a modernising economy and society. Patriarchy continued to be the central model for marriage across the period and as a result, women found spaces to hold power within the family, but could not translate it to power beyond the household. Comparing the Scottish experience to that across Europe and North America, Barclay shows that throughout the eighteenth century, far from being a side-note in European history, Scottish ideas about gender and marriage became culturally dominant.

Now available in paperback, this book will be vital to those studying and teaching Scottish social history, and those interested in the history of marriage and gender. It will also appeal to feminists interested in the history of patriarchy.

'An important and original study'

WHN Book Prize 2012 Judges


Winner of the 2012 Senior Hume Brown Prize in Scottish History and the 2012 Women's History Network (UK) Book Prize



Women's History Network Book Prize


1. Introduction: thinking patriarchy
2. Marriage within Scottish culture
3. The first step to marriage: courtship
4. The construction of patriarchy: love, obligation and obedience
5. The negotiation of patriarchy: intimacy, friendship and duty
6. The ambiguities of patriarchy: the marital economy
7. When negotiation fails: the abuses of patriarchy
8. Conclusion: rethinking patriarchy
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Katie Barclay is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Adelaide

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