Trust, authenticity and bigamy in twentieth century England

Langhamer, Claire (2019) Trust, authenticity and bigamy in twentieth century England. In: Barclay, Katie, Meek, Jeffrey and Thomson, Andrea (eds.) Courtship, marriage and marriage breakdown: perspectives from the history of emotions. Palgrave, London. (Accepted)

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Abstract

This chapter analyses the representation of bigamy within the English courts in the middle years of the twentieth century. It uses press reports of these trials to consider the work that emotion did, or was held to do, within the formation, experience and dissolution of relationships. Bigamy apparently undermined marriage by disregarding its legal foundations, but where love was invoked as a defence it also celebrated the relational aspects of marriage and pointed up its favoured status. Bigamy cases therefore simultaneously demonstrate the precariousness and the desirability of legal commitment. They also attest to the perceived power of authentic emotion.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Bigamy, love, England, twentieth century, emotion
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England
Depositing User: Claire Langhamer
Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2019 13:54
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2019 13:54
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85670

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