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Marital Litigation in the Court of Requests 1542-1642: Volume 32 By Edited by Tim Stretton (Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia)

Marital Litigation in the Court of Requests 1542-1642: Volume 32
by Edited by Tim Stretton (Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia)

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This volume reproduces twenty litigation suits from the Court of Requests during the final century of its operation. These extraordinary cases provide rich details about the complexity of separated couples' rights, the development of alimony (for both men and women) and the variety of human failings that could devastate marriages.
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Marital Litigation in the Court of Requests 1542-1642: Volume 32 by Edited by Tim Stretton (Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia)

Common law rules made litigation between husband and wife impossible in the 16/17th century, except in ecclesiastical courts. In practice, however, a few wives and husbands sued their spouses in courts of equity. This volume reproduces twenty such suits from the Court of Requests - 'the poor man's Chancery' - during the final century of its operation. These extraordinary cases involving separated couples provide a fascinating and often surprising view of the limits of married people's rights and options at a time when divorce in the modern sense was unavailable. The court's decrees and orders show how Masters, or judges, of Requests dealt with the question of married women's legal status and with claims for alimony (by men as well as women). Historians and literary scholars will appreciate the richness of detail of the written pleadings and depositions that document the variety of human failings that parties alleged had devastated their marriages.

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About Edited by Tim Stretton (Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia)


Tim Stretton holds law and history degrees from the University of Adelaide and a PhD in history from the University of Cambridge. After spending three years as a research fellow at Clare Hall in Cambridge he taught at Durham University in England, at Waikato University in New Zealand and at Dalhousie University in Canada. He is currently Associate Professor of History at Saint Mary's University in Nova Scotia.

Table of Contents


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 v. William Osmoderley; 5. Dame Elizabeth Stafford v. Sir Humphrey Stafford; 6. Mary Puttenham v. Richard Puttenham; 7. Gawine Smith v. Elizabeth Smith et al.; 8. Griffin Jones v. Marion Jones; 9. Jane Read alias Lambert v. Thomas Read & John Jefferies; 10. Thomas Read v. Jane Lambert; 11. Joan Spragin v. Martyn Spragin & Richard Levens; 12. Anne Lloyd v. Humphrey Lloyd & John Bradshaw; 13. Cicelie Jackman, Thomas Burnett et al. v. John Jackman; 14. Robert Garth v. Sir Benjamin Tichborne & Elizabeth Garth; 15. Mary Whetenhall v. Thomas Whetenhall; 16. Elizabeth Eggington v. Frauncis Eggington & John Eggington; 17. Margery Gardiner v. John Gardiner; 18. Anne Perrye v. John Garbett & John Perrye; 19. Thomas Bireley v. Isabell Birely & Henry Cornoe; 20. William Dunford v. Elianor Dunford & Richard Hall; Appendix: Masters of Requests c.1542-1642.

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GOR008795790
Marital Litigation in the Court of Requests 1542-1642: Volume 32 by Edited by Tim Stretton (Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia)
Edited by Tim Stretton (Saint Mary's University, Nova Scotia)
Camden Fifth Series
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2008-11-20
288
0521800013
9780521800013
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