For many of us, all we will know of our ancestors’ marriages is the date of the marriage, its mode of celebration, and its duration. Understanding what happened during the marriage poses greater challenges in the absence of diaries, letters, or other documentary evidence. Unhappy marriages are, however, more likely to leave some kind of trace in legal records, and reports of court proceedings can often be a rich source of information. Divorced, Bigamist, Bereaved? accordingly draws on thousands of cases, together with statistics and census data, in order to build up a picture of what the law was and what was happening in practice.
If you have read the book and would like to comment on any aspect of it or share any puzzling or unexpected stories about how your ancestors married, you are very welcome to email me at Rebecca dot Probert at warwick dot ac dot uk.