In the final post of our Women's History Month series, Harriet Kersey examines the way that women used the law to claim their inheritance and protect their property rights - even if this meant litigating against other family members.As the work of Scott Waugh shows, [...]
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Women, reputation and the courts in late medieval London: the case of Agnes Cockerell, by Charlie Berry
Charlie Berry examines the ways that women used the law in negotiating reputations, and the importance of neighbourhood ties and knowledge in making and breaking female status, through the examination of one woman's use of the London Consistory Court in the sixteenth century.For women and men [...]
"A complaint against her husband": marital violence and the law in the long eighteenth century, by Nell Darby
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.
"A poore and beggarly woman": gender and poverty in seventeenth-century slander cases, by Molly Corlett
Molly Corlett uses fascinating records of slander cases from London's Consistory Court to explore how measures of sexual and economic status intersected in the legal narratives deployed by and about women in the seventeenth century.The Bishop of London's consistory court probably feels familiar to most [...]