Examining Law Through the Lens of Literature: The Formation of Marriage in Eighteenth-Century England
University of Warwick - School of Law
Law and Humanities, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 29–48, 2008
Warwick School of Law Research
This article examines what eighteenth-century novels and plays can tell us about the formation of marriage both before and after the Clandestine Marriages Act of 1753. It shows how the practices and, perhaps more crucially, the assumptions, of fictional characters were consistent with legal sources of the time, and that such primary sources fundamentally undermine many modern analyses of the making of marriage.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: contracts of marriage, clandestine marriage, ministers, Gretna Green
Date posted: November 14, 2009