This paper explores the confusing expressions of the elements of "common law marriage" in Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure," its sources and its progeny, and reaches the surprising conclusion that Elizabethan/Jacobean law might not have been as we commonly understand it and as Blackstone summarized it.
- common law marriage,
- "Measure for Measure",
- per verba be preasenti,
- per verba de futuro,
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