From the Restoration to the Regency: Kept Mistresses and Legal Contracts

30 Pages Posted: 1 Nov 2009  

Rebecca Probert

University of Warwick - School of Law

Date Written: October 29, 2009

Abstract

This paper forms part of a wider project looking at the history of the legal treatment of cohabitants over the past 400 years. It begins with an examination of a set of cases often discussed under the umbrella of ‘cohabitation contracts’, and discusses how a contextual historical approach provides a different perspective on those cases. It then goes on to consider the legal approach to such arrangements, and the reasons, norms and assumptions that underpinned that approach. Finally, it discusses the relationship between law and behaviour – how far did the facts of these cases reflect the practice of the time?

Keywords: cohabitation, contract, legal history, mistress

Suggested Citation

Probert, Rebecca, From the Restoration to the Regency: Kept Mistresses and Legal Contracts (October 29, 2009). Warwick School of Law Research Paper No. 2009/03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1496340 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1496340

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