Marital Litigation in the Court of Requests 1542-1642: Volume 32


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Common law rules made litigation between husband and wife impossible in the 16/17th century, except in ecclesiastical courts. In practice, however, a few wives and husbands sued their spouses in courts of equity. This volume reproduces twenty such suits from the Court of Requests - 'the poor man's Chancery' - during the final century of its operation. These extraordinary cases involving separated couples provide a fascinating and often surprising view of the limits of married people's rights and options at a time when ...

Marital Litigation in the Court of Requests 1542 1642: Volume 32 2008, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780521800013