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Women Before the CourtLaw and Patriarchy in the Anglo-American World, 1600-1800$
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Lindsay R. Moore

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526136336

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526136343

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Introduction: ‘When Women goe to Law, the Devill is full of Businesse’

Introduction: ‘When Women goe to Law, the Devill is full of Businesse’

(p.1) Introduction: ‘When Women goe to Law, the Devill is full of Businesse’
Women Before the Court

Lindsay R. Moore

Manchester University Press

This chapter provides an overview of the major arguments in the book and maps out how women’s relationship to the law changed in England and colonial America under different legal jurisdictions. It presents the argument that the law increasingly replaced patriarchy as the governing ideology of family and social relationships. It discusses the opportunities and limitations of using legal records as a source of historical evidence, and assesses how the work contributes to our understanding of women in the early modern period.

Keywords:   England, colonial America, patriarchy, legal records, women, law, family, early modern

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