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Author: Saskia Lettmaier
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Title: Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940 (Oxford Studies in Modern Legal History)
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Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940 (Oxford Studies in Modern Legal History) by Saskia Lettmaier



While common law actions for breach of promise of marriage originated in the mid-seventeenth century, it was not until the ‘long nineteenth century’ that they saw their rise to prominence and their subsequent fall from favour

Publication, Distribution, et. Oxford ; New York. Oxford University Press, (c)2010. Physical Description: xix, 209 p. : ill. ;, 25 cm. Series Statement: Oxford studies in modern legal history. Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index. Rubrics: Breach of promise History Husband and wife Betrothal Law and legislation.

Using a sampling method that includes two national and three regional newspapers, law professor Saskia Lettmaier bases her conclusions on 250 actions brought primarily between 1800 and 1940. Lettmaier groups her analysis in three parts

Lettmaier noted that these lawsuits were gendered as a "ladies' action" during the first half of the nineteenth century, and that traditionally high success rates in these lawsuits declined. during the second half of the nineteenth century when the stereotype of "assertive" litigants conflicted with social norms that expected women to be "passive"  . The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800–1940". Retrieved 18 December 2016.

Lettmaier, . Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800–1940 (Oxford: Oxford University Press2010). CrossRef Google Scholar. MacColla, Charles, Breach of Promise: Its History and Social Considerations (London: General Books1879) (reprinted Kessinger Pub. 2008).

Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940 (Oxford Studies in Modern Legal History). Author : Saskia Lettmaier.

Journal of Legal History. Retrieved January 9, 2016. For a discussion of the definition and history of breach of promise lawsuits, see Hadley, Edwin W. (April 1, 1927). The action for breach of promise of marriage - a de facto preserve of female plaintiffs since the early nineteenth century, and one that for the first four decades of the century generated a high success rate for them - was becoming increasingly thorny legal terrain, as the tensions between the roles of active, agentic, assertive litigants and passive, private, submissive women became ever more. apparent, with a resultant decline in sympathy for - and in the success rate of - women plaintiffs. Palmer, Vernon V. (2015). The Recovery of Non-Pecuniary Loss in European Contract Law.

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Lettmaier, Broken Engagements: The Action for Breach of Promise of Marriage and. the Feminine Ideal, 1800-1940 (Oxford University Press, 2010); Martha Nussbaum, ‘The Stain of Illegitimacy: Gender, Law and Trollopian Subversion’, in Alison. Lacroix and Martha Nussaum (eds), Gender, Law, and the British Novel (Oxford. University Press, forthcoming); Gary Watt, Equity Stirring: The Story of Justice Beyond Law (Hart Publishing, 2009).

This text explores ideals of femininity during the 19th and early 20th centuries by charting responses to broken engagements. Interweaving a history of the legal remedies available for a broken promise of marriage with literary accounts from Dickens to Wodehouse, it offers an insight into modern attitudes to female identity.