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Marriage Litigation in Medieval England

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Part of Cambridge Studies in English Legal History

  • Date Published: March 2011
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  • isbn: 9780511864698

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  • This book tells one part of the long history of the institution of marriage. Questions concerning the formation and annulment of marriage came under the exclusive jurisdiction of the church courts during the Middle Ages. Drawing on unpublished records of these courts, Professor Helmholz describes the practical side of matrimonial jurisdiction and relates it to his outline of the formal law of marriage. He investigates the nature of the cases heard, the procedure used, the people involved and changes over the period covered, all of which add to what is known about marriage and legal practice in medieval England. The concluding assessment of canonical jurisdiction over marriage suggests that the application of the law was more successful than is usually thought.

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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511864698
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations
    Introduction
    1. The sources
    2. Suits to enforce marriage contracts
    3. Suits for divorce and incidental marriage causes
    4. Procedure in marriage cases
    5. Judges, lawyers, witnesses and litigants
    6. Changes and variations in practice
    Conclusion
    Appendix. Extracts from marriage cases
    Bibliography
    Index.

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    R. H. Helmholz

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