Divorce in Medieval England

From One to Two Persons in Law
Butler, Sara M.
Date published: 
March 2013

Documenting the many and varied uses of divorce in the later medieval period, Divorce in Medieval England is a compelling book which will reorient scholarly perceptions concerning divorce in England. This book steps readers through the process of divorce, including grounds for divorce, the fundamentals of the process, the risks involved, financial implications for wives who were legally disabled thanks to the rules of coverture, the custody and support of children, and finally, what happens after a divorce. Readers will gain a much greater appreciation of marriage and women’s position in later medieval England.