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Just a note to announce the publication of a lovely little gift-book compiled by yours truly, ‘How to be Happy Though Married: Matrimonial Strife Through The Ages’. It collects together some of the best (and worst) marriage quotations and advice – including coping with a bad match and some rather questionable sex tips – from Ancient Greece to 1940s America. It was a hoot to work on.

Here is a little taster, with an appropriately c18th flavour:

A Georgian Definition of ‘Husband’

“HUSBAND. – A snarling, crusty, sullen, testy, forward, cross, gruff, moody, crabbed, tart, splenetic, surly, ill-natured, rusty, churlish, growiling, maundering dog in a manger, who neither eats himself, nor lets others eat.”

Dictionary of Love (1777)

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A Hint towards Pleasing your Wife in Bed

“It may not be amiss to remind the bridegroom that the fair lasts all the year, and that he should be careful not to spend his stock lavishly, as women in general are better pleased in having a thing once well done than often ill done.”

– Aristotle’s Masterpiece (first pubd c.1684, reissued throughout c18th)

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On Remaining Optimistic

“The comfortable estate of widowhood is the only hope that keeps up a wife’s spirits.”
– John Gay, The Beggar’s Opera (1728)

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– Detail from ‘Matrimonial Harmonics’ by James Gillray (1805)

You can buy ‘How to Be Happy Though Married’ here  for just £6.99 / $14.95

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