Law, Land, and Family

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

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Eileen Spring presents an 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 argues that one of the principal and determinative features of upper-class inheritance was the virtual exclusion of females from land holding. Tracing the gradual nullification of common law rules under which 40 per cent of English land would have been inherited or held by women, Spring seeks to makes possible a fuller understanding of the social history of land law.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 156.7 x 236.2 x 16.8mm | 362.52g
  • The University of North Carolina Press
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 1st New edition
  • notes, index
  • 0807846422
  • 9780807846421
  • 895,332

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ÝM akes a highly technical and complex topic accessible to a wide audience and she does so with a timely twist."Law and History Review"

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The author 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 argues that one of the principal and determinative features of upper-class inheritance was the virtual exclusion of females from land holding.

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About Eileen Spring

Eileen Spring is an independent scholar who lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

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