Wildy logo
(020) 7242 5778
enquiries@wildy.com

Wildy’s Book News

Book News cover photo

Vol 21 No 10 Oct/Nov 2016

Book of the Month

Cover of Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims

Criminal Injuries Compensation Claims

Price: £99.95

Pupillage & Student Offers

Special Discounts for Pupils, Newly Called & Students

Read More ...


Secondhand & Out of Print

Browse Secondhand Online

Read More...


Marriage Law and Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment


ISBN13: 9780521516150
Published: July 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £74.99



Despatched in 5 to 7 days.

This book uses a wide range of primary sources – legal, literary and demographic – to provide a radical reassessment of eighteenth-century marriage. It disproves the widespread assumption that couples married simply by exchanging consent, demonstrating that such exchanges were regarded merely as contracts to marry and that marriage in church was almost universal outside London.

It shows how the Clandestine Marriages Act of 1753 was primarily intended to prevent clergymen operating out of London’s Fleet prison from conducting marriages, and that it was successful in so doing. It also refutes the idea that the 1753 Act was harsh or strictly interpreted, illustrating the courts’ pragmatic approach. Finally, it establishes that only a few non-Anglicans married according to their own rites before the Act; while afterwards most – save the exempted Quakers and Jews – similarly married in church. In short, eighteenth-century couples complied with whatever the law required for a valid marriage.

  • Uses case studies to illustrate behaviour, tracing the percentage within any given cohort who can be proven to have married in church
  • Draws on material from a range of different genres - legal texts, cases, depositions, literary sources, contemporary commentaries
  • The author has incorporated newly available resources in electronic form, which enables the emergence of particular ideas to be traced with greater precision

Subjects:
Family Law, Legal History
Contents:
1. Introduction
2. The misunderstood contract per verba de praesenti
3. The myths of ‘informal’ and ‘common law’ marriage
4. The little-considered marriage practices of non-Anglicans
5. The unacknowledged regularity of clandestine marriages
6. The eventual passage and actual terms of the 1753 Act
7. The unappreciated success of the 1753 Act
8. The unexplored judicial interpretation of the Act
9. The overlooked response of non-Anglicans
10. Conclusion.

Series: Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

The Reinvention of Magna Carta 1216-1616 ISBN 9781107187054
To be published January 2017
Cambridge University Press
£79.99
Insurance in Elizabethan England: The London Code ISBN 9781107112285
To be published December 2016
Cambridge University Press
£110.00
The Old English Penitentials and Anglo-Saxon Law ISBN 9781107083417
Published May 2015
Cambridge University Press
£64.99
The Law of Contract 1670-1870 ISBN 9781107040762
Published January 2015
Cambridge University Press
£74.99
A History of Tort Law 1900-1950 ISBN 9780521768610
Published January 2015
Cambridge University Press
£75.00
An Introduction to the History and Records of The Court of Wards and Liveries ISBN 9780521200288
Published March 2012
Cambridge University Press
£24.99
Medieval English Conveyances ISBN 9780521294447
Published January 2012
Cambridge University Press
£50.00
A History of the County Court, 1846-1971 ISBN 9780521184090
Published December 2011
Cambridge University Press
£34.99
Literary Copyright Reform in Early Victorian England ISBN 9780521174503
Published January 2011
Cambridge University Press
£39.99
The Royal Prerogative and the Learning of the Inns of Court ISBN 9780521187695
Published December 2010
Cambridge University Press
£49.99
Aliens in Medieval Law: The Origins of Modern Citizenship ISBN 9780521174077
Published December 2010
Cambridge University Press
£34.99
The Law of Evidence in Victorian England ISBN 9780521187688
Published December 2010
Cambridge University Press
£29.99
Medieval English Conveyances ISBN 9780521112192
Published October 2009
Cambridge University Press
£104.99
Legal Foundations of Tribunals in Nineteenth Century England ISBN 9780521107518
Published February 2009
Cambridge University Press
£34.99
The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council 1833–1876: Its Origins, Structure and Development ISBN 9780521085595
Published October 2008
Cambridge University Press
£25.99
The Fee Tail and the Common Recovery in Medieval England 1176 to 1502
Joseph BiancalanaUniversity of Cincinnati
ISBN 9780521032940
Published February 2007
Cambridge University Press
£74.99
Legal Foundations of Tribunals in Nineteenth Century England ISBN 9780521869072
Published January 2007
Cambridge University Press
Price on Application
Law Courts and Lawyers in the City of London 1300-1550 ISBN 9780521866682
Published January 2007
Cambridge University Press
£84.99
The Rise and Fall of the English Ecclesiastical Courts 1500-1860 ISBN 9780521869386
Published January 2007
Cambridge University Press
£84.99
William Sheppard, Cromwell's Law Reformer ISBN 9780521890915
Published July 2004
Cambridge University Press
£29.99
The Royal Prerogative and the Learning of the Inns of Court ISBN 9780521804295
Published April 2003
Cambridge University Press
£99.99
The Private Trustee in Victorian England
Chantal StebbingsUniversity of Exeter
ISBN 9780521781855
Published August 2002
Cambridge University Press
£89.99
Aliens in Medieval Law: The Origins of Modern Citizenship ISBN 9780521800853
Published July 2000
Cambridge University Press
£89.99
Literary Copyright Reform in Early Victorian England
Catherine SevilleUniversity of Cambridge
ISBN 9780521621755
Published October 1999
Cambridge University Press
£89.99
John Scott, Lord Eldon, 1751–1838: The Duty of Loyalty ISBN 9780521623957
Published July 1999
Cambridge University Press
£89.99
A History of the County Court, 1846-1971
Patrick PoldenBrunel University
ISBN 9780521622325
Published April 1999
Cambridge University Press
£119.99
Roman Canon Law in Reformation England ISBN 9780521526050
Published June 1990
Cambridge University Press
£34.99
Early English Legal Literature ISBN 9780521116688
Published August 1958
Cambridge University Press
£21.99