Shakespeare, Law, and Marriage

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Cambridge University Press, 2003/12/08
This interdisciplinary study combines legal, historical and literary approaches to the practice and theory of marriage in Shakespeare's time. It uses the history of English law and the history of the contexts of law to study a wide range of Shakespeare's plays and poems. The authors approach the legal history of marriage as part of cultural history. The household was viewed as the basic unit of Elizabethan society, but many aspects of marriage were controversial, and the law relating to marriage was uncertain and confusing, leading to bitter disagreements over the proper modes for marriage choice and conduct. The authors point out numerous instances within Shakespeare's plays of the conflict over status, gender relations, property, religious belief and individual autonomy versus community control. By achieving a better understanding of these issues, the book illuminates both Shakespeare's work and his age.

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Introduction
1
the consensual model
13
CHAPTER 2 Arranging marriages
30
CHAPTER 3 Wardship and marriages enforced by law
42
provision of dowries or marriage portions
56
CHAPTER 5 The solemnisation of marriage
73
irregular marriage formation
93
CHAPTER 7 The effects of marriage on legal status
117
separation divorce illegitimacy
139
CHAPTER 9 Til death us do part
164
An afterword on method
185
Notes
189
Bibliography
232
Index
252
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B. J. Sokol is Reader in English at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Mary Sokol is Research Fellow at University College London and is also a lawyer.

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