A History of Courtship (Paperback)
800 years of seduction techniques
Explore eight hundred years of lust, love, and loss.
The author takes the reader on a journey from medieval Courtly Love, through to the sexual license of the Restoration, and Victorian propriety. Pick up historical 'dating tips', from how to court (or be courted); write romantic love letters, give and receive gifts, propose and pose as a sighing swain.
A historical approach to the problem of finding a mate, with case studies of classic romantic mistakes and plenty of unusual tales. In the 14th century young men tried to impress the ladies with their footwear, donning shoes with pointed toes so long that they had to be secured with whalebone – presumably because size mattered!
Featured in Tania O'Donnell feature articleNOW, December 2016
A History of Courtship was very interesting. Courtship use to be an art form but now is just a mess of apps and websites. It is amazing how Courtship have changed throughout time.NetGalley review, reviewed by Jennifer Coleman
This book would be suitable for a light read and I would recommend looking at some of the references that author Tania O’Donnell has written about throughout if this is a subject that intrigues you.NetGalley review - reviewed by Michelle Meador
Overall, I'd recommend this interesting and entertaining book.NetGalley - reviewed by Deborah White
This was an easy and fun read. It clarifies some misconceptions we have today about how love and relationships were conducted in the past. I was especially interested to note how common sense was the basis for choosing a life partner, much more so than today. Similar backgrounds and social standing aren't entirely bad ideas. I know we think opposites attract, but can they make a life together? The Victorian considerations regarding finances wasn't the "gold digger" notion that we tend to have today. It was a genuine concern and so it should be. Love don't pay the rent, as the saying goes. Recommend!NetGalley, reviewed by Alison Harriman
Interesting book on the history of courtship. Will read more from the author.NetGalley, reviewed by Corinne M Knight
Tania O'Donnell's amazing study of love and courtship through the ages is a delight and an eye-opener. Students of the art of seduction and wooing will lap this up!Books Monthly, March 2017 - reviewed by Paul Norman
An entertaining romp through some of the more intriguing aspects of courtship.WDYTYA? Magazine, April 2017 – reviewed by Ruth Symes