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Lawrence Stone

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202530

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202530.001.0001

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Ryder v. Jones, 1661

Ryder v. Jones, 1661

Courtship Among the Provincial Middling Sort

(p.44) 2 Ryder v. Jones, 1661
Uncertain Unions

Lawrence Stone

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a case study on courtship from provincial England, focusing on the court case Ryder v. Jones which appeared in court in 1661. The case was filed by George Ryder, a successful young attorney, against Priscilla Jones. He claimed that they had a verbal marriage contract and asked the court to sequester Priscilla from her parents. The court granted Ryder's request and his legal harassment backfired for it annoyed Priscilla who found herself in the position of a defendant accused of reneging a formal contract.

Keywords:   courtship, court case, marriage, England, Ryder v. Jones, George Ryder, Priscilla Jones

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