Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Uncertain UnionsMarriage in England 1660–1753$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Lawrence Stone

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 21 November 2019

Bentley v. Bentley, 1715–1727

Bentley v. Bentley, 1715–1727

Chapter:
21 Bentley v. Bentley, 1715–1727
Source:
Uncertain Unions
Author(s):

Lawrence Stone

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.003.0022

This chapter presents a case study on forced clandestine marriage in England, focusing on the court case Bentley v. Bentley which was decided in 1727. The case involved the twenty-three-year-old Charles Bentley who was the son of a wealthy businessman and the twenty-three-year-old widow Elizabeth Dent who was the daughter of sugar refiner Richard Wilkinson. The two were allegedly married secretly in April 1716. However, Charles later learned than there was no register of their marriage and decided to marry Penelope Tyrrell. Elizabeth filed a lawsuit but failed to prove her alleged marriage to Charles Bentley and the suit was dismissed.

Keywords:   clandestine marriage, court cases, forged marriage, Bentley v. Bentley, Charles Bentley, Elizabeth Dent, secret marriage

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .