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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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The varieties of Anglo-American law: property, patriarchy and women’s legal status in England and America

The varieties of Anglo-American law: property, patriarchy and women’s legal status in England and America

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(p.21) 1 The varieties of Anglo-American law: property, patriarchy and women’s legal status in England and America
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Women Before the Court
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Lindsay R. Moore

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526136343.00007

This chapter defines women’s legal status in a variety of legal jurisdictions across the Anglo-American world, and examines how colonists adopted and modified English law in the earliest decades of colonisation. It argues that the complexity of the English legal system gave English women a decisive advantage over some of their colonial counterparts. While married women were limited in common law courts by the doctrine of coverture, other legal jurisdictions provided women with alternative avenues for legal redress when defending their property and persons. The two most important jurisdictions for women in England were equity law and ecclesiastical law, which both provided some remedy for the common law’s severity toward women.

Keywords:   Anglo-American, law, women, England, patriarchy, coverture, property, common law, equity law, ecclesiastical law

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