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Married women and the law in premodern northwest Europe / edited by Cordelia Beattie and Matthew Frank Stevens.

Contributor(s): Beattie, Cordelia | Stevens, Matthew Frank.
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Gender in the Middle Ages: v. 8.Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2013Description: 1 online resource (248 pages).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781782041146; 1782041141.Subject(s): Women -- History | Women -- Social conditions | Married women -- Europe, Northern -- Social conditionsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Married women and the law in premodern northwest Europe.DDC classification: 306.87230940902 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Inheritance, property and marriage in medieval Norway / Lars Ivar Hansen -- Spousal disputes, the marital property system, and the law in later medieval Sweden / Mia Korpiola -- When two worlds collide : marriage and the law in medieval Ireland / Gillian Kenny -- Married women, crime and the courts in late medieval Wales / Lizabeth Johnson -- Peasant women, agency and status in late thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century England : some reconsiderations / Miriam Müller -- London's married women, debt litigation and coverture in the Court of Common Pleas / Matthew Frank Stevens -- Married women, contracts and coverture in late medieval England / Cordelia Beattie -- Property, family and partnership : married women and legal capability in late medieval Ghent / Shennan Hutton -- "For his interest"? : Women, debt and coverture in early modern Scotland / Cathryn Spence -- The worth of married women witnesses in the English Church courts, 1550-1730 / Alexandra Shepard -- Married women, work and the law : evidence from early modern Germany / Sheilagh Ogilvie.
Summary: There has been a tendency in scholarship on premodern women and the law to see married women as hidden from view, obscured by their husbands in legal records. This volume provides a corrective view, arguing that the extent to which the legal principle of 'coverture' applied has been over-emphasized. In particular, it points up differences between the English common law position, which gave husbands guardianship over their wives and their wives' property, and the position elsewhere in northwest Europe, where wives' property became part of a community of property.
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There has been a tendency in scholarship on premodern women and the law to see married women as hidden from view, obscured by their husbands in legal records. This volume provides a corrective view, arguing that the extent to which the legal principle of 'coverture' applied has been over-emphasized. In particular, it points up differences between the English common law position, which gave husbands guardianship over their wives and their wives' property, and the position elsewhere in northwest Europe, where wives' property became part of a community of property.

Inheritance, property and marriage in medieval Norway / Lars Ivar Hansen -- Spousal disputes, the marital property system, and the law in later medieval Sweden / Mia Korpiola -- When two worlds collide : marriage and the law in medieval Ireland / Gillian Kenny -- Married women, crime and the courts in late medieval Wales / Lizabeth Johnson -- Peasant women, agency and status in late thirteenth- and early fourteenth-century England : some reconsiderations / Miriam Müller -- London's married women, debt litigation and coverture in the Court of Common Pleas / Matthew Frank Stevens -- Married women, contracts and coverture in late medieval England / Cordelia Beattie -- Property, family and partnership : married women and legal capability in late medieval Ghent / Shennan Hutton -- "For his interest"? : Women, debt and coverture in early modern Scotland / Cathryn Spence -- The worth of married women witnesses in the English Church courts, 1550-1730 / Alexandra Shepard -- Married women, work and the law : evidence from early modern Germany / Sheilagh Ogilvie.

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Beattie (Univ. of Edinburgh, Scotland) and Stevens (Swansea Univ., Wales) have collected 11 interesting articles that reassess understanding of coverture. The essays examine the varied circumstances in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Ghent, Germany, Norway, and Sweden from the late 12th century up to 1800. Each author challenges the idea that coverture always legally silenced all medieval and early modern married women; they do so by carefully analyzing specific examples of wives exerting some degree of control in legal situations, often involving property. Although given the broad span of both time and space, the number of these women is quite small and, in some instances, the amount of control is negligible. Nevertheless, taken as a whole, the collection successfully demonstrates that, as with so many aspects of women's history, there was considerably more variation in coverture's application than was once thought. This conclusion is further substantiated by the wide variety of primary sources that the authors explore through both quantitative and qualitative methods. The essays also point toward fascinating avenues for further research. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. M. Pope Hiram College

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