Road to Divorce: England 1530-1987 by Lawrence Stone

Road to Divorce: England 1530-1987

byLawrence Stone

Hardcover | July 1, 1992

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* 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 transcribedlegal 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 withmarital breakdown.

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Lawrence Stone is at Princeton University.
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Title:Road to Divorce: England 1530-1987Format:HardcoverDimensions:488 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.38 inPublished:July 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Much has been written about the history of the family and how marriages were made in England: this is the first book to tackle the problem of how, why, and on what scale they are broken. Written by the leading historian of family life, 'Road to Divorce' provides the first full study of a topic rich in historical interest and directly relevant to contemporary society.

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`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 andBroken Lives. Heartlessly, perhaps, I can hardly wait to read them.'Claire Tomalin, The Independent on Sunday