chapter  3
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‘He asked her why she was crying’

Young people’s intimate relationships, emotions and the making of marriage in early modern France
WithJulie Hardwick

This chapter argues that rethinking emotion reframes our understanding of marriage formation in early modern Europe. Affection and desire were key elements of pre-modern mate choosing, although close reading of many accounts indicates that a wide range of emotional practices were routine elements of early modern courtships. Accounting for this emotional fabric transforms our understandings of the transition from single to married in early modern Europe at a time when marriage was regarded as of pivotal importance.