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Vol 21 No 12 Dec 16/Jan 17

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The UK Supreme Court Yearbook Volume 7: 2016

Edited by: Daniel Clarry, Christopher Sargeant
Price: £90.00

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English Laws for Women in the 19th Century

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ISBN13: 9780897336222
Published: June 2012
Publisher: Academy of Chicago Publications
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £15.50

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In 1836, after eleven years of marriage, George Norton locked his wife Caroline out of their house, prevented her from seeing her children and sued for divorce. He lost the suit but was allowed to keep the children and his wife's earnings from her writings. Caroline Norton wrote English Laws for Women after struggling unsuccessfully for eighteen years against this decision. It is a passionate plea for justice, filled with the horrifying details of Norton's own predicament and her scornful, accurate assessment of English statutes and the courts treatment of women.

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