Posted by 23 March, 2017
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 [...]
Posted by 17 March, 2017
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.
Posted by 15 March, 2017
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 [...]
Posted by 13 March, 2017
Charlotte Garside draws on a fascinating familial dispute to examine how notions of secrecy could be central to litigation in the court of Chancery, examining the role that women played in this secrecy even when they were not litigants themselves.The Court of Chancery was the major [...]