Women in Chancery : an analysis of Chancery as a court of redress for women in late seventeenth century England

Garside, Charlotte

History
June 2019

Thesis or dissertation


Rights
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Abstract

The early-modern Court of Chancery has been hailed as a court of law unique in patriarchal England for its recognition of women’s legal rights. This thesis is based on detailed quantitative and qualitative research into women’s use of the Court of Chancery in the late seventeenth century, to assess if and how it served as a court of redress for women. The thesis also contributes to the growing historiography using court records to understand and interpret the everyday lives of women in early-modern society. The research not only reveals the role of Chancery as a women’s court of redress, but adds to the discussion of the lives of women in the patriarchal society of seventeenth-century England. It may encourage more historians of early-modern society, culture, family and women to utilise the voluminous and underutilised Chancery litigation records.

Publisher
Department of History, The University of Hull
Supervisor
Wilson, Peter H. (Peter Hamish); McDonagh, Briony; Bevan, Amanda; Capern, Amanda L.
Sponsor (Organisation)
Arts & Humanities Research Council (Great Britain)
Qualification level
Doctoral
Qualification name
PhD
Language
English
Extent
1 MB
Identifier
hull:17820
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