Marriage and Family

John Hudson

in The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198260301
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191740640 | DOI:

Series: The Oxford History of the Laws of England

Marriage and Family

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Across western Christendom, the second half of the twelfth century and the beginning of the thirteenth saw important legal developments regarding the family, most notably the clarification of canon law regarding marriage. In England, the legal significance of family arrangements is clear from their extensive treatment in Glanvill, especially Book VI concerning dower and Book VII concerning marriage-portions, inheritance, and legitimacy. Likewise, litigation on kinship matters is very prominent in the plea rolls. A variety of evidence shows the value that lords placed on rights of marriage, wardship, and relief. The exercise of such rights, especially by the king and his officials, became hotly contested, culminating in the provisions of Magna Carta.

Keywords: canon law; Angevin period; Glanvill; inheritance; legitimacy; wardship; litigation; kinship

Chapter.  19301 words. 

Subjects: History of Law

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