Road to Divorce: England 1530-1987

Road to Divorce: England 1530-1987

by Lawrence Stone (Author)

Synopsis

The first full study of a topic rich in historical interest and contemporary importance Despite the infamous divorce of Henry VIII in 1529, subsequent moral, political, and religious attitudes ensured that until 1857, England was the only Protestant country with virtually no facilities for full divorce on the grounds of adultery, desertion, or cruelty. Using a mass of transcribed legal testimonies, taken from hitherto unexplored court records, Professor Stone uncovers the means by which laity and lawyers reformed the divorce laws, and offers astonishingly frank and intimate insights into our ancestors' changing views about what makes a marriage. Using personal accounts in which witnesses speak freely about their moral attitudes towards love, sex, adultery, and marriage, Lawrence Stone reveals, for the first time, the full and complex story of how English men and women have contrived to use, twist, or defy the law in order to deal with marital breakdown.

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More Information

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 528
Edition: 1st
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Published: 11 Oct 1990

ISBN 10: 0198226519
ISBN 13: 9780198226512
Book Overview: Written by the foremost historian of family life, Lawrence Stone

Media Reviews
... engrossing and masterly historical survey ...Road to Divorce is a serious book with a sombre subject. It is also, I m afraid, magnificently entertaining. It will be supplemented by two further volumes of case histories, referred to in the text but not yet available, Uncertain Unions and Broken Lives. Heartlessly, perhaps, I can hardly wait to read them. * Claire Tomalin, The Independent on Sunday *
Stone has written a stimulating companion to his fascinating Family, Sex and Marriage in England ... another splendid and original work by our leading historian of the family. * Christopher Hibbert, Sunday Times *
... engrossing and masterly historical survey ...Road to Divorce is a serious book with a sombre subject. It is also, I m afraid, magnificently entertaining. It will be supplemented by two further volumes of case histories, referred to in the text but not yet available, Uncertain Unions and Broken Lives. Heartlessly, perhaps, I can hardly wait to read them. * Claire Tomalin, The Independent on Sunday *
Stone has written a stimulating companion to his fascinating Family, Sex and Marriage in England ... another splendid and original work by our leading historian of the family. * Christopher Hibbert, Sunday Times *
Author Bio

Lawrence Stone is Dodge Professor of History, and Director of the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University.