London: Marriage Law Reform Association, 1859. Disbound and still stitched.
Dis-bound, though still stitched. 5.25 by 8 inches; 4, 29  pages. The text is clean, even;y age-toned. The rear page has age-spotting.
Subjects: Bible Interpretation; Old Testament Theology; Marriage law; Victorian Sociology
Very Good / No Dust Jacket. Item #17263
In the 19th century, England saw significant controversy surrounding the concept of marrying a deceased wife's sister, primarily due to the prevailing religious and societal norms of the time. This issue presented Victorian society with complex religious, moral, and social dilemmas. Notably, the influential Church of England staunchly opposed such unions, exerting a substantial influence on public opinion and legislative discussions.
These debates unfolded over several decades, spanning the mid-1800s. Efforts to change the law to allow these marriages faced strong resistance from traditionalists who upheld established moral and religious principles.
It wasn't until the passage of the Deceased Wife's Sister's Marriage Act in 1907 that such marriages became legally recognized in England. This legislation granted men the ability to marry their deceased wife's sister, with the caveat that the sister was not the cause of the marital breakdown.