I'm supposed to write a research paper for my independent study, but I can't find any websites with details about the subject. I'd like to base the paper around how relationships and courting was back then, compared to modern American relationships, but any suggestions are welcome.What are some sites I could use for useful information on marriage and relationships in 19th century London?
a great site is the cats meat shop - dont be put off by the silly title, it is a great discussion site for trivia about Victorian London, it's associated site Victorian London also has lots of usefull stuff, you will need to browse around to find what you want but it is a great resource for contemporary doccuments, often from popular culture rather than more academic stuff.
for more academic stuff try the Victorian web
http://www.victorianweb.org/ which should have some stuff of relevance.
Of course, relationships and courting would vary immmensely dependent on class, but make reference to cultural things like Coventry Patmore's ';The Angel in the House'; and even paintings could be used as references to how idealised relationships were seen - for example the whole slew of 'Medieval'; paintings with their theme of 'Courtly love' which middle class Late Victorians adored.
I think there is some stuff from the ';Graphic'; and some other Victoria era publications online so it migh be worth Googling for things like that and just browsing till you find stuff of relavance.
Best of luckWhat are some sites I could use for useful information on marriage and relationships in 19th century London?
There is not much different from traditional present day marriage compared to the Victorian era, apart for the age at which you could marry and the tradition/requirement of asking parents consent (Note if it was not forthcoming couples could still elope - which is what made Grtena Green very popular - try Googling that).