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Shakespeare, Law, and Marriage

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  • Date Published: March 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521024907

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  • Combining legal, historical and literary approaches to the practice and theory of marriage in Shakespeare's time, this study discovers a broad range of information in a selection of Shakespeare's plays. Jerry and Mary Sokol 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 was uncertain and confusing. The Sokols' analysis reveals much about Shakespeare's age as well as his work.

    • In legal terms this book is much more weighty than the competition: Mary Sokol teaches law and is herself a lawyer
    • Very complex topic with interest for Renaissance social historians and historians of law as well as literary historians
    • Insights gained into the age in which Shakespeare wrote will add significantly to the understanding of texts and the connections between texts
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    "...Sokol and Sokol provide a clearly written book that enriches knowledge of Shakespeare's texts...Highly recommended." Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521024907
    • length: 276 pages
    • dimensions: 233 x 155 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.379kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Making a valid marriage: the consensual model
    2. Arranging marriages
    3. Wardship and marriages enforced by law
    4. Financing a marriage: provision of dowries or marriage portions
    5. The solemnisation of marriage
    6. Clandestine marriage, elopement, abduction and rape: irregular marriage formation
    7. The effects of marriage on legal status
    8. Marriage breakdown: separation, divorce, illegitimacy
    9. 'Til death us do part
    An afterword on method

  • Authors

    B. J. Sokol, Goldsmiths, University of London
    B. J. Sokol is Reader in English at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

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

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