Brace v. Cudworth, 1680–1682
A Written Contract
This chapter presents a case study on the marriage contract in England, focusing on the case Brace v. Cudworth which was seen in court in 1682. The case was filed by John Brace to reclaim Mary Cudworth and have her marriage to Robert Harbach nullified. From the legal point of view, the main interest in the story is the independence conferred on Mary by controlling her own marriage portion and her skill in drafting an ironclad marriage contract.
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