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Broken Lives: Separation and Divorce in England, 1660-1857

Lawrence Stone


This book offers a set of detailed case studies about how the break-up and dissolution of marriages was contrived before the first Divorce Act in 1857. Individuals in their own words explain their actions and feelings about one another in dramatic court-room confrontations, while behind the scenes they were conducting secret negotiations, and offering massive bribes to witnesses either to commit perjury or to hold their tongues. These stories offer astonishing insights into many previously unknown aspects of marital life and marital breakdown in early modern England. They also provide sobering ... More

Keywords: case studies, Divorce Act, court-room confrontations, secret negotiations, perjury, bribery, marital breakdown, early modern England

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1993 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lawrence Stone, author
Princeton University