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Compelling history of an unusual law,
This review is from: Breach of Promise to Marry: A History of How Jilted Brides Settled Scores (Paperback)
'Breach of Promise to Marry' is the unique history of the little-known law that allowed a jilted person to claim for damages after the breaking of an engagement. Peppered with fascinating case studies and examples, this gripping book explores and explains the complicated world of broken promises of marriage and subsequent settlements within the social context of class differences and roles of women in society.
Through the evolution of the law, Denise Bates encounters jilted lovers, jealous suitors and even partners with a more sinister purpose. There are illegitimate children, unscrupulous seducers and endless score-settling, all underpinned by the universal themes of jealousy, rejection, loss and lust. From the end of the 18th century to the middle of the 20th, it opens a window into the mores and morals of society that motivated wronged individuals to seek justice through the courts.
'Breach of Promise to Marry' is fascinating social history with a compelling narrative. Denise Bates's research is meticulous and thorough. Her account is well written, informative and entertaining. It is refreshingly different and a rare opportunity to read about a new topic and the impact of an unusual law on individuals and the society in which they lived. I would highly recommend this book.