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Unpublished Paper
COMMON LAW MARRIAGE IN "MEASURE FOR MEASURE"
ExpressO (2015)
  • Lawrence N Weiss, J.D. (Columbia 1966)
Abstract

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.

Keywords
  • common law marriage,
  • "Measure for Measure",
  • per verba be preasenti,
  • per verba de futuro,
  • handfasting
Publication Date
February 22, 2015
Citation Information
Lawrence N Weiss. "COMMON LAW MARRIAGE IN "MEASURE FOR MEASURE"" ExpressO (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/lawrence_weiss/1/