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Tim Stretton: ‘Married Women in Chancery 1500-1800: Law, Gender & Contract’

Speaker: Professor Tim Stretton

Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada

Thursday 4th December, 5pm
(Jessop West Seminar Room 7)
– please note the change in room

Professor Tim Stretton specializes in the social history of law and litigation in Britain, with a focus on the legal rights and experiences of women and intersections between law and literature in early modern England.Tim’s first book, Women Waging Law in Elizabethan England (1998), remains one of the most important books in its field, showing how women utilized the law despite being (theoretically) subjugated by it. It examines both discourse and legal tactics and this combination of the literary and historical runs through Tim’s more recent work. Recent publications include (ed. with Krista Kesselring)Married Women and the Law: Coverture in England and the Common Law World (2013) and ‘Conditional promises and legal instruments in The Merchant of Venice’ in Donald Beecher et al, eds, Taking Exception to the Law: Materializing Injustice in Early Modern English Literature (2014).

Tim completed his PhD with Keith Wrightson at Cambridge, before teaching at Durham and Cambridge.  He is now based at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Canada.  We are lucky that Tim is over from Canada for a few short weeks. His papers are always engaging so this promises to be a lively seminar.