Petitions to the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes: A New Methodological Approach to the History of Divorce, 1857-1923

Aston, Jennifer (2022) Petitions to the Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes: A New Methodological Approach to the History of Divorce, 1857-1923. Journal of Legal History. ISSN 0144-0365 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01440365.2022.2092942

Abstract

None have examined the surviving petitions made to the court (held at The National Archives under J 77) holistically over an extended period. This article seeks to revive the field by suggesting a new interdisciplinary methodological approach that will combine historical and legal studies with digital humanities to offer the first panoptic view of J 77 petitions. Far from being dry legal documents, this article argues that they hold a wealth of rich detail about petitioners, respondents, co-respondents, witnesses, children, solicitors, barristers, clerks, and judges, and stand at an exciting intersection of several fields of enquiry. Adopting such an approach will generate important new insights about gender, class, property ownership, intimacy, religion, childhood, and sexuality in nineteenth and early twentieth century England and Wales.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: divorce court, family law, gender, cost of divorce, legal profession
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2022 10:51
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2022 11:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/49398

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