Law, Land, and Family: Aristocratic Inheritance in England, 1300 to 1800 / Edition 1

Law, Land, and Family: Aristocratic Inheritance in England, 1300 to 1800 / Edition 1

by Eileen Spring
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807846422

ISBN-13: 9780807846421

Pub. Date: 02/26/1997

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Eileen Spring presents a fresh interpretation of the history of inheritance among the English gentry and aristocracy. In a work that recasts both the history of real property law and the history of the family, she finds that one of the principal and determinative features of upper-class real property inheritance was the exclusion of females. This exclusion was

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Eileen Spring presents a fresh interpretation of the history of inheritance among the English gentry and aristocracy. In a work that recasts both the history of real property law and the history of the family, she finds that one of the principal and determinative features of upper-class real property inheritance was the exclusion of females. This exclusion was accomplished by a series of legal devices designed to nullify the common-law rules of inheritance under which—had they prevailed—40 percent of English land would have been inherited or held by women. Current ideas of family development portray female inheritance as increasing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but Spring argues that this is a misperception, resulting from an incomplete consideration of the common-law rules. Female rights actually declined, reaching their nadir in the eighteenth century. Spring shows that there was a centuries-long conflict between male and female heirs, a conflict that has not been adequately recognized until now.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807846421
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/26/1997
Series:
Studies in Legal History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
212
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.66(d)

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