Victorian dating rituals

As usual, I’m late offering this holiday themed post. I have an excuse. Same as ever, I was researching Victorian dating rituals for a new work-in-progress. 🙂  A romance. (Yes, my historical romance readers, one is coming… slowly.) That counts as time well-spent on Valentine’s day, right? 🙂

Victorian dating rituals

And for something a little bit fun….Victorian dating rituals. (That I picked up from these articles here and here)

So here’s some of what a Victorian gentleman would have to go through if he wanted to date, er, court, a young lady:

1. Hit up a friend of hers for info about your intended paramour
2. Usually then you’d have to get an introduction, at a party, where her parents could watch things like where you put those hands. Hands off, pal! *slap* 😉
3. If you survived that you could take a stroll gal, in the park.
(under the watchful eye of that darned chaperone, of course! so you don’t get another *slap!*)
4.And if you survived all that, you might get to sit really close to her to compare notes on that opera you saw…  
5. And make sure your wife-to-be has a lovely…large head. 

Of course, I am severely truncating and paraphrasing the involved process! 🙂  (Just to clarify, I’m not actually kidding about that last item. It really was advice, see here. )

So how I spent my Valentine’s day? Researching of course. (Until the hubby got home and we watched some movies.  Boring, aren’t we? Haha). I hope y’all had a sweet one with your sweeties–or however you spent it.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the steampunk and Victorian Romances VESTA’S CLOCKWORK COMPANIONS, WATCHMAKER’S HEART–now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), and HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, as well as historical fantasy novels DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE, FRIGGA’S LOST ARMY, and the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series,and the Time Travel novella, FIFTY MEASLY BUCKS (To Save a Witch), among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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