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

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

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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.

Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in England, 1570-1640 by Martin Ingram was published by Cambridge University Press in March 1990 and is our 61710th best seller. The ISBN for Church Courts, Sex and Marriage in England, 1570-1640 is 9780521386555.

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Page last updated 8th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (March 1990)
Weight550g
Number of Pages432
Thickness24 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
ISBN9780521386555
ISBN-100521386551
Product Code1192193
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