|I think the emphasis
Written by JulieW
(10/22/2003 12:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Were there any consequences for the ex-suitor?, penned by Mandy N
Duels were becoming thought less and less appropriate for this type of case during the 18th century.Laurence Stone, inBroken Lives is of the opinion that the growing emphasis on monetary value of wives ,hubands etc can be seen in the number of cases brought for "criminal conversation",which indicates that ecomomic recompense for damage to one "property" was in the ascendant.
In the 16th and early 17th centuries one indeed would expect a cuckloded husband to fight a duel( especially if he were of the gneteel or aristocratic class),but from the late 17th cenutry onwards, court action to obtain monetary compensation was the preferred route.
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