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Charles & Emma Darwin: a typical Victorian marriage?

Charles Darwin, 1840, by George Richmond, ©English Heritage. Credit: Darwin Heirlooms Trust.Early in their relationship, he expressed his hope that Emma would “humanise“ him. The idea of a ‘companionate marriage’ – marrying someone not just for socio-economic reasons but also for their personal qualities – was a common goal for many during the Victorian era. [1] Emma was trusted by Charles to edit his scientific writings and correspond with other scientists during his periods of illness. [2] She was bold enough to criticise his theories on occasion, particularly when they conflicted with her faith; “May not the habit in scientific pursuits of believing nothing till it is proved, influence your mind too much in other things which cannot be proved in the same way, & which if true are likely to be above our comprehension.”

Faith could have been a contentious issue within their marriage, but Charles never attempted to change Emma’s views or impose his own on their children, allowing his wife to bring them up in her own faith. [3] He may have seen her religious views as integral to her role as “a good strict wife“ and mother – the moral and spiritual guardian of his home. Victorians viewed women as an important moral influence on men

“My own poor dear unhappy wife…You must remember that you are my prime treasure (& always have been)”: Charles and Emma’s efforts to comfort one another during their daughter Annie’s fatal illness are touching to read. In a time when many died in childhood, some historians have argued that parents invested less emotionally in their children [6] (although others strongly disagree). [7] As the correspondence shows very clearly, this was emphatically not the case for the Darwins, who mourned Annie’s loss for the rest of their lives. They derived solace from each other and Emma admitted to Charles that, “My only hope of consolation is to have you safe home to weep together.”

Emma Darwin, 1840, by George Richmond, ©English Heritage. Credit: Darwin Heirlooms Trust.



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Charles Darwin married his cousin

by lentilka

I think the genetic problems with cousins are much less problematic than with siblings.
they may have more sickly children but the effects are highly exaggerated.
Just marrying somebody within your own race increases the risks of genetic defects.
there was a good post about it in science forum recently

The English upper class has had a fondness

by toutoi_nika

For doing that, also. Not so much the rest of the population. Charles Darwin married a first cousin, for instance.
For reasons I don't know, when the Church of England became separate from the Catholic Church, it permitted first-cousin marriages. How often they occurred before that I don't know; I think they were rare.

Yea, it's hard to read the names

by Alcoholocaust

But if you go to the INTERACTIVE MAP you can hover over someone's name and then click on it to read about them.
If you're going to be stupid about this and deny these families practiced inbreeding...
"There was a notable history of intermarriage within the family. In the period under discussion, Josiah Wedgwood married his third cousin Sarah Wedgwood; Charles Darwin married his first cousin Emma Wedgwood; his sister, Caroline Darwin, married Emma's brother (and Caroline's first cousin), Josiah Wedgwood III. There were other instances of cousin marriage both up and down the family tree

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