Not all of the modern clichés we apply to English womanhood in the 1800s hold weight.
Below, explore five things Queen Victoria’s female contemporaries didn’t do as often as you might think.
Usually the tone of the letter is vague and contains assurances that the honored lady thanks the gentleman for his offer but she cannot accept his proposal.
The Victorian precept that a lady "never explains or complains" is followed rigidly.
Near the end of the section there is generally one curt letter of refusal to a marriage proposal."The rules and suggestions for courtship and romance occupy most of the space in Victorian etiquette and letter writing books.
People lived to an average age of just 40 in 19th-century England, but that number is deceiving.
Certainly, infants and children died of disease, malnutrition and mishaps at much higher rates than they do today.
We often assume that the life of the average lass in Victorian England was narrow and restrictive, full of stern governesses, stifling garments and fainting spells.
Sure, the 19th century’s rules of etiquette, social class and morality all served to limit the range of acceptable behavior, but don’t let the lace doilies and lavender sachets fool you.