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Women Waging Law in Elizabethan England
1. Introduction 2. Women, legal rights and law courts 3. Female litigants and the culture of litigation 4. The court of requests 5. Unmarried women and widows 6. Married women 7. Freebench, custom
Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World
Explaining the curious legal doctrine of "coverture," William Blackstone famously declared that "by marriage, husband and wife are one person at law." This "covering" of a wife's legal identity by
Marital litigation in the Court of Requests 1542-1642
Cases and documents Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. Parnell Bowdo v. Peter Bowdo 2. Margery Alcock v. Nicholas Alcocke 3. Dame Margery Acton v. Sir Robert Acton 4. Isabell Osmoderley
Women, Legal Records, and the Problem of the Lawyer's Hand
  • T. Stretton
  • Law
    Journal of British Studies
  • 1 October 2019
Abstract Court records provide invaluable evidence of the existence of laws and notional rights affecting women and how these were (or were not) enforced and exercised. Many documents provide
Meanings of Manhood in Early Modern England
The explosion of research on early modern gender in England has focused primarily on the experience or perceptions of women. Alexandra Shepard's excellent new book forms part of a new wave directing
Women Negotiating the Boundaries of Justice in Britain, 1300–1700: An Introduction
Abstract This introduction places the articles featured in this special issue of the Journal of British Studies within the context of recent scholarship on late medieval and early modern women and
Alice Clark’s Critique of Capitalism
Alice Clark’s The Working Life of Women in the Seventeenth Century (1919) continues to influence economic, gender, labor, cultural, and social historians a century after its publication. Decades of
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