Alienated Affections

Alienated Affections : Divorce and Separation in Scotland 1684-1830

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Personal accounts of adultery, cruelty, desertion and nullity fill this exposition of divorce and separation in Scotland in the seventeenth, eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Leah Leneman brings vividly to life the marriages and affairs, loves and hates, tenderness and harshness experienced by men and women whose marriages broke down in this period. Their stories, told in their own words, come from the entire spectrum of Scottish society, from the aristocracy to the 'common' people. Contrary to popular belief, divorce and legal separation were available on equal terms to men and women in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Scotland. Alienated Affections offers an overall picture of this phenomenon, richly illustrated by the experiences of individuals.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 30mm | 580.61g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748610316
  • 9780748610310
  • 2,171,894

About Leah Leneman

Leah Leneman is a research fellow in the Department of Social and Economic History at the University of Edinburgh.show more

Review quote

Alienated Affections is Leah Leneman's freshest and most fascinating work yet. Leneman has put together fascinating material, and written a very interesting book. -- Jenny Wormald This vivid and lively study by the late Leah Leneman has all the strengths of her pioneering work in women's history and Scottish social history over the last twelve years. Alienated Affections uses a previously entirely neglected, but extremely rich source, the records of the Edinburgh Commissary Court to explore this history of divorce and separation in in Scotland. Alienated Affections is Leah Leneman's freshest and most fascinating work yet. Leneman has put together fascinating material, and written a very interesting book. This vivid and lively study by the late Leah Leneman has all the strengths of her pioneering work in women's history and Scottish social history over the last twelve years. Alienated Affections uses a previously entirely neglected, but extremely rich source, the records of the Edinburgh Commissary Court to explore this history of divorce and separation in in Scotland.show more