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Love and happiness were an important part of being married and having children in the 16th and 17th century. How true is this statement?

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Love and happiness were an important part of being married and having children in the 16th and 17th century. How true is this statement? In the 16th and 17 century, love and happiness were an important part of being married and having children for some people, but, for others it wasn't. The aim of this essay is to look at various examples of peoples' private lives in the 16th and 17th century, and identify which sources agree with this statement, in order to see if love and happiness were an important part of getting married and having children in the 16th and 17th century. ...read more.

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He basically said that you should choose who you're marrying to wisely. There is also the diary of Samuel Pepys and parts of it show love and happiness because it says that they were the best of friends by bedtime. Lucy Hutchinson also demonstrates this because she wrote that her husband 'ruled the family very well' and it shows that they trust each other. Another evidence is a Frenchman's view to English marriages in 1741. He thought that it was terrible to marry a person you didn't love. On the other hand, not everyone married because they loved each other. ...read more.

Conclusion

Sir Simmonds D'Ewes - who was from a rich family - was brought up by servants and was never loved. William Blundell's report on the death of his 9th child disagrees with the statement as well. He wrote that his wife has upset him because she gave birth to an unwanted daughter. As a result I think that love and happiness were an important part of getting married and having children in the 16th and 17th century for some people, but not everyone. Although some sources are more reliable and important than others, there are both sides to this argument. I think this because some people like Ralph Josselin got married by love, while others like the Duke of Richmond's son got married to settle a debt. ...read more.

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