Auctioning a Spouse During the 18th and 19th Centuries, the Most Recent Spouse Sold, Spousal Sales Being Illegal But Tolerated, the Slow Trickle of Women’s Rights in the U.K., Women Requesting to Hold Positions of Office When the U.K. Experienced Civil War, the Etymology of the Phrase “Rule of Thumb”, and Women Successfully Pressuring the U.K. Government to Abolish Slavery

Traditionally, if a wife was no longer desired by her husband, he would lead her in her Sundays best, to the towns market square, laiden with a rope halter wrapped around her neck or waste, to be sold to the highest bidder. Women were exhibited the same way livestock are sold during the modern day. Over the course of the 18th and 19th century, approximately 300 transactions of a wife for money were exchanged. The most recent exchange took place in 1928, in Blackwood, South Wales for £1.00. Techn...

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