True, Public and Notorious. A Case of Georgian Abuse and Victorian Divorce


This talk aims to demonstrate the value of finding an ancestor in the records of the Bawdy Courts.
It will focus on a case that tells the story of a woman’s fight for freedom from an abusive and adulterous husband, perhaps even a fight for her very life.
Further it will aim to demonstrate how those records can reveal the nature of the community in which your ancestor lived. It will explore the influence of the social norms as well as the role of local rumour & hearsay on the judgement reached by that Bawdy Court.

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