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Road to Divorce: England 1530-1987

Lawrence Stone

Abstract

Despite the infamous divorce of Henry VIII in 1529, subsequent moral, political, and religious attitudes ensured that until 1857, England was the only Protestant country with virtually no facilities for full divorce on the grounds of adultery, desertion, or cruelty. Using a mass of transcribed legal testimonies, taken from hitherto unexplored court records, this book uncovers the means by which laity and lawyers reformed the divorce laws, and offers insights into our ancestors' changing views about what makes a marriage. Using personal accounts in which witnesses speak freely about their moral ... More

Keywords: divorce, Henry VIII, Protestant, adultery, desertion, cruelty, legal testimonies, court records, laity, lawyers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1990 Print ISBN-13: 9780198226512
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198226512.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Stone, author
Princeton University

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