My rating: 5 of 5 stars
First, I want to emphasize that this book is about marriages that took place in England and Wales. That does not mean it is not of interest to a wider audience. The author, Rebecca Probert, is a well-known British legal historian on marriage. She is currently the chair in the Law College at Warwick University. Research libraries throughout the world have many of her books. This work covers the interrelation of the marriage laws and how the courts enforced those laws. What you get is what the laws said, but what really transpired. She did diligent research and discovered some surprising findings. The book reads very nicely and even though I do not have any English or Welsh marriages to ponder, I find it excellent reading. It would be great to see a similar work on American marriage laws.
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