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

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

Paperback Studies in Legal History (Paperback)

By (author) Eileen Spring

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  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Format: Paperback | 212 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 236mm x 17mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 28 February 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Chapel Hill
  • ISBN 10: 0807846422
  • ISBN 13: 9780807846421
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: notes, index
  • Sales rank: 353,592

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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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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.