The Rights and Wrongs of Royal Marriage

The Rights and Wrongs of Royal Marriage : How the Law Has Led to Heartbreak, Farce and Confusion, and Why it Must be Changed

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The laws which govern the marriages of the British royal family have led to heartbreak, farce and confusion, and are unfit for the twenty-first century. In an era that values human rights and free choice, there is little certainty over questions as fundamental as the effect of marrying a Roman Catholic, or of marrying without the Queen's consent. Question marks still hang over the legal basis for royal civil marriage. Obscure acts of Parliament have threatened to render members of the royal family illegitimate and prevented others from following their hearts. Drawing on a wide range of sources including once-secret files in the UK's National Archives, The Rights & Wrongs of Royal Marriage recounts episodes from the eighteenth century right down to the present day that would not look out of place in Yes, Minister or The Mikado. Professor Rebecca Probert, the leading authority on the marriage law of England and Wales, is as characteristically clear when explaining the complexities of royal marriage law as she is in her other groundbreaking studies. Her prose is concise and elegant, and full of historical anecdotes that will have royalists and republicans alike laughing aloud and wide-eyed with astonishment.
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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 8mm | 258.55g
  • Kenilworth, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0956384730
  • 9780956384737
  • 1,446,387