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Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in England, 1570-1640 : PPP - Martin Ingram

Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in England, 1570-1640


By: Martin Ingram (Editor)

Paperback Published: 28th May 1990
ISBN: 9780521386555
Number Of Pages: 432

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Adultery, fornication, breach of marriage contract, sexual slander - these, along with religious offences of various kinds, were typical of the cases dealt with by the ecclesiastical courts in Elizabethan and early Stuart England. What was it like to live in a society in which personal morality was regulated by law in this fashion? How far-reaching was such surveillance in actual practice? How did ordinary people view the courts - as useful institutions upholding accepted standards, or as an alien system purveying unwanted values? How effective were the church courts in influencing attitudes and behaviour? Previous assessments of ecclesiastical justice, coloured by contemporary puritan and common law criticisms, have mostly been unfavourable. This in-depth, richly documented study of the sex and marriage business dealt with under church law, based on the records of the courts in Wiltshire, Cambridgeshire, Leicestershire and West Sussex in the period 1570 1640, presents a more balanced and more positive view."

' ... a constantly challenging, constantly interesting monograph which makes a valuable contribution to early modern social, ecclesiastical and legal history.' The Times Higher Education Supplement ' ... an outstanding work of institutional and social history.' English Historical Review

List of tables
List of maps
Conventions and abbreviations
The Legal and Social Background
The structure of ecclesiastical justice
Economic and social structures
Religion and the people
Sex and marriage: laws, ideals and popular practice
Sex and Marriage: The Pattern of Prosecutions
Matrimonial causes: (i) the breakdown of marriage
Matrimonial causes: (ii) marriage formation
Prenuptial fornication and bridal pregnancy
Incest, adultery and fornication
Aiding and abetting sexual offences
Sexual slander
Church Courts and Society
The effectiveness of ecclesiastical justice
Church courts and society in 1640: retrospect and prospect
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ISBN: 9780521386555
ISBN-10: 0521386551
Series: PPP
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 28th May 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.54