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Author Wells-Furby, Bridget, author

Title Aristocratic marriage, adultery and divorce in the fourteenth century : the life of Lucy de Thweng (1279-1347) / Bridget Wells-Furby
Published Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK ; Rochester, NY, USA : The Boydell Press, 2019
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 246 pages)
Contents Marriage; The sources for marital dispute and breakdown; 1 Birth and Family; Inheritance and Disinheritance; The division of the Thweng estate; 2 Wardship and First Marriage; The king's orphan and the Latimers; 3 Separation and Divorce; Separations; Annulments; Lucy's flight and divorce; 4 Adultery and Fornication; Nicholas Meinill; 5 Second Marriage; The remarriage of widows; Lucy's second marriage; Bastardy and bastard heirs; 6 Widowhood The deaths of Meinill, Thweng and Latimer; 7 Third Marriage; Fanacourt the 'nobody'; Marriage with Fanacourt; Lucy's family; 8 Death; The widower; Lucy's grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; Summary and Conclusions; Bibliography; Index
Summary The Yorkshire heiress, Lucy de Thweng, was married as a child to her first husband but later divorced him, entered into an adulterous relationship with another man, was forced into marriage to a second husband, and then, after a period of widowhood, married for the third time to a congenial partner of her own choice. This sounds a remarkable and unusual story - but was it? This book uses the episodes of Lucy's life to explore how far she was exceptional in her time and rank and highlights aspects of personality and personal relationships which are not often recognized. It undertakes extensive investigations into divorce in contemporary aristocratic families and extra-marital sexual relationships by women, as well as discussing the marriage of heiresses and the pressures to remarry which widows endured. These show that the theoretical religious and secular restraints on marriage and sex were often ignored, by both men and women, and how women, particularly if they were heiresses, were able to make their own decisions in these matters. As the legitimate procreation of children within the licensed environment of marriage was the forum for the succession to landed estates, the book also considers how this behaviour affected those estates
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Aristocracy (Social class) -- England -- Biography.
Aristocracy (Social class) -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Divorce -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Marriage -- England -- History -- To 1500.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1787444147 (electronic bk.)
9781787444140 (electronic bk.)