But brute masculinity was only one side of the coin.
In the early 1840s, shirts contained high straight collars with thin cravats worn in a bow tie style. 1850s men’s fashion was still considered formal, but clothing was looser, less tailored and made a statement with embellishments. Shirt collars were still worn high and starched with tips turned down into wings during the earlier part of the 1890s.
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You may have thought being named after—and presided over by—a strong female monarch like Queen Victoria (1837 – 1901) might have done something to soften the naked masculinity of the time. This was the age of muscular Christianity, the age in which the western male came to dominate and subjugate through industry and empire; the age, in short, in which men were real men, women were real men; even the children were real men.
4) If the marriage breaks down, don’t get divorced but put on a brave face and live out the rest of your lives together in abject misery.
“Let the world know just as little about your wretchedness as possible…
With the passing of two parliamentary acts in 18, however, the age decreased to 12 for girls and 14 for boys.