Mordaunt v. Mordaunt, 1707–1711
This chapter presents a case study on forced clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Mordaunt v. Mordaunt which was decided in 1711. The case involved Reverend George Mordaunt and Susan Forbes, the latter who had a reputation for living a lewd and scandalous life. George had a relationship with Susan and later a son, who died shortly after birth. Soon afterwards George abandoned Susan and married the wealthy widow Catherine Dormer. Susan filed a lawsuit to get a share of George's fortune but George also filed a counter lawsuit. The litigation lasted from 1707 to 1712 in three different types of courts, including civil, criminal, and ecclesiastical.
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