From the troubadour to the crooner, this is a history of the matrimonial customs of the western world, as fashions and...

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A HISTORY OF COURTING

From the troubadour to the crooner, this is a history of the matrimonial customs of the western world, as fashions and centuries change the arts of persuasion, wooing and amatory advances. From Ovid's Art of Love to the days of chivalry and courtly captivation, to church punishments for the incontinent, the techniques of fans and masks, this goes on to courtship and correspondence, bundling, and the freedom Victorian hansom cabs and the new bicycles offered; it carries through to the decline of courtship as language becomes unfitted for turning a compliment or winning a mate; as advertising, movies, cars all take the finesse out of romancing. The battle of the sexes is briskly surveyed and companionably illustrated with period cuts. Look -- it's Valentine's Day.

Pub Date: Feb. 14, 1955

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dutton

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1955