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Dating practices in 1800s

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The Victorian period is also regarded as the era of Romanticism.

The Victorian Era England facts...

In those days, courtship was considered to be a tradition and was very popular. Queen Victoria and her family were the idols of the Victorian society, even in the case of courtship. The society had laid down some stringent rules for courting and these had to be followed.

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The primary method of knowing prospective suitors were Balls and dances. Society would know young Victorian ladies through a ball or dance. After marriage, the property of the woman was automatically transferred to her husband.

The Victorian girls, from the very beginning, were well trained and groomed to become the perfect wives and mothers. A woman was never permitted to go out alone and meet a gentleman. Thus, some or the other kind of supervision was ensured when the couples were meeting.

A woman was never allowed to go out at night with a gentleman. There were many rules in respect of dating which were to be complied with.

A woman could not receive a man at home if she was alone. Another family member had to be present in the room.

That was the only touch, which was accepted between a man and a woman, who was not engaged to him. A woman was allowed some liberties, however. She could flirt with her fan, as this behavior was within the protocol of accepted behavior.