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Published: 11 February 2010

240 Pages


ISBN: 9780199569977

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Introduction Introduction

Broken Engagements

The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940

Saskia Lettmaier

Oxford Studies in Modern Legal History

  • Traces the remarkable history of the common law action for breach of a promise of marriage and its basis in shifting ideals of femininity
  • Offers a thorough legal history of the action's rise and fall, analysing over 250 cases brought between 1800 and 1940
  • Anchors the legal story in its social context through close readings of a variety of cultural sources - short stories, songs, plays, operettas, novels, and films

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