Criminal wives in the Old Bailey : crime and coverture in eighteenth-century London

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dc.contributor.advisor Stretton, Tim, 1963-
dc.coverage.spatial England
dc.creator Caswell, Marisha
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:39Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:39Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.other HV6046 C37 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22206
dc.description v, 122 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 105-122).
dc.description.abstract Under coverture husband and wife were one person before the law. Part of coverture was the presumption of coercion, which held that married women who committed crimes did so under the direction of their husbands, and were therefore not liable for their actions. Because of this presumption, criminal historians have discounted the actions of married women accused of crime and thereby supported the eighteenth-century assertion that married women were the favourites of the law. However, studies of property and women's rights often argue that coverture was a patriarchal tool designed to maintain married women's subordination. Using the records of the Old Bailey, London's central criminal court, this study seeks to account for the actions of married women accused of crime in the eighteenth century. The seemingly irreconcilable views of modern feminists and eighteenth-century legal commentators are reconciled and married women are given a place in eighteenth-century criminal history.
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HV6046
dc.subject.lcsh Crime -- England -- London
dc.subject.lcsh Married women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- England -- London
dc.subject.lcsh Married women -- England -- London -- History -- 18th century -- Case studies
dc.subject.lcsh Great Britain. Central Criminal Court
dc.title Criminal wives in the Old Bailey : crime and coverture in eighteenth-century London
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline History
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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