From the evidential requirements of the divorce courts through to the testimonies of convicted bigamists, and from men who married their late wife’s sister through to couples who went through more than one wedding ceremony together, this book examines law and social custom from every angle. How long did marriages last? Was the loss of a spouse in middle age as common as we might assume? And for those who did lose a spouse, what factors influenced their choice to remarry or remain single? What signs hint that a marriage might have been bigamous, or that a divorce had been hushed up? How were marital breakdown, bigamy, and cohabitation linked at a time when relationships outside marriage were rare and unacceptable?.