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01 May

A far cry, indeed, from contemporary prenuptial agreements or divorce settlements!

The phrase ‘rule of thumb’ was long thought to derive from an early English law that allowed men to discipline their wives so long as they used a stick no greater than a thumb's-breadth.

Before the custom was outlawed in 1754, tens of thousands of ‘Fleet marriages’ were solemnized.

William Shakespeare’s marriage serves as a fascinating example of an expedited wedding.

Aside from ‘Fleet marriages,’ only the well-to-do could be married in haste and it appears that Anne’s friends could afford to grease the skids of the Church’s bureaucracy.

Famously, Shakespeare left his ‘second best bed’ to his wife in his will.

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In either case, the behest needs to be seen in the somewhat complicated context of the legal doctrine of , which declared that a property-holding woman who married became ‘covered’ by her new husband.Othello’s love for Desdemona morphs into a poisonous, eventually deadly jealousy; this narrative of faithful love turned sour reappears in Stemming from medieval concerns about land inheritance, marital infidelity carried different stigmas depending on which partner was unfaithful.Unfaithful wives were harshly judged, while philandering men received far milder social stigma.Couples who paid for a license and testified that there were no obstacles to their union still had to wait one month before they could be married. Consequentially, a culture of clandestine marriage emerged.The ‘Fleet marriage’ was so named because the Fleet prison in London offered the venue; as a prison it claimed to be independent of church marriage strictures, and rapid – or secret – marriages could be carried out.