True Wedding Night Stories from the Victorian Boudoir

“Lie back and think of England” was the prominent mindset of many Victorian brides.

Either they heard whispered horrors from elders or knew next to nothing — in some cases, both. Wives who delighted in the unspeakable act undoubtedly would have felt shamed admitting such. For it was not meant to be enjoyed by women.

Accessible marriage manuals for young husbands and for young wives lacked instruction, used confusing metaphors, or failed to address consummation at all.

To better understand Victorians and sex, a set of letters and diaries reveal their propriety and perspective of what happens in the boudoir.

7 Victorian Pinterest Boards That’ll Make You Wish You Were Born In Another Era

You must know of the grandeur, of romance and challenges.

Worn photographs and classics embody yesteryear. It is from the black and white of portraits and inked pages that the idea of mood boards was born.

These collages showcase the most darling era in all their glory.

Victorian Beauty Treatments You Can Lavish In Today

Life was about beauty.

Or rather, it was about obtaining status in marriage. In order to garner the attention of a gentleman, one must be lovely and fair. Therefore, a lady’s toilette held many a hushed secret to “natural” beauty.

Though some treatments proved fruitless (and even toxic), Victorian ladies found a myriad of recipes with nourishing properties such as. . .

Strange Victorian Occupations for Women

They were wives, yes. They were mothers.

But Victorian women accomplished a great deal more than marriage and offspring. The most expensive Fabergé Imperial Egg was created by a 25-year-old female employee named Alma Pihl. Ada Lovelace created the world’s first computer program. Of course, Victoria was the Queen of England and Empress of India.

Not all professions were quite so glamorous. A myriad of strange occupations came to be in the Victorian Era. Why, you could even find employment in delivering meat to cats!