Marital cruelty: reconsidering lay attitudes in England,c. 1580 to 1850

Joanne Bailey, Loreen Giese
  • The History of the Family, August 2013, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/1081602x.2013.779292

Marital Cruelty

What is it about?

This article argues that people defined as cruel a wide variety of husbands' acts against their wives from the early modern period onwards.

Why is it important?

The article challenges claims that the further back we go in history, the more husbands' violence against their wives was tolerated.

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