Continuing our Women's History Month series, Nell Darby examines how women in eighteenth-century England used their local magistrate to complain about their husbands, showing how women from relatively humble backgrounds used this lowest rung of the criminal justice system to air their grievances and have their voices heard.
In the search through the generally mundane entries of the plea rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews, records which tend to recall debts owed, monies paid or contentions arising from these sorts of activities, one occasionally finds an entry that stands out from the rest. That was certainly the [...]
Mirabel daughter of Elias of Gloucester: TNA, C 60 (1217-18), m. 7. As I was reading through the surviving plea rolls of the Exchequer of the Jews, looking for Jewish women in action in the courts, I came across a truly remarkable story. This was [...]