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Shakespeare, Law, and Marriage

Shakespeare, Law, and Marriage by B. J. Sokol
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This interdisciplinary study combines legal, historical and literary approaches to the practice and theory of marriage in Shakespeare's time. It uses the history of English law and the history of the contexts of law to study a wide range of Shakespeare's plays and poems. The authors approach the legal history of marriage as part of cultural history. The household was viewed as the basic unit of Elizabethan society, but many aspects of marriage were controversial, and the law relating to marriage was uncertain and confusing, leading to bitter disagreements over the proper modes for marriage choice and conduct. The authors point out numerous instances within Shakespeare's plays of the conflict over status, gender relations, property, religious belief and individual autonomy versus community control. By achieving a better understanding of these issues, the book illuminates both Shakespeare's work and his age.
Cambridge University Press; December 2003
274 pages; ISBN 9780511055690
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Title: Shakespeare, Law, and Marriage
Author: B. J. Sokol; Mary Sokol
 
ISBNs
0511055692
9780511055690
9780521822633