Thursday 20th May 2021


Is marriage a failure ? As a rule – yes !, The Illustrated Police News, No. 1,416 (Saturday, April 4, 1891)

This Journal of Legal History and Northumbria University funded one-day virtual conference seeks to explore the changing legal and cultural definitions of marriage across geographical locations or jurisdiction from the period c.1450 to present day, paying particular attention to the changing perspectives on age, same-sex marriage, polygamy, divorce, and remarriage. This conference will create an exciting space where historical, literary, medical, artistic, and cultural perspectives can be considered alongside real-world experiences, allowing the discovery and exploration of parallels and contrasts across borders and time.

The conference is free of charge and will be held online on Thursday 20th May 2021. Delegates will be asked to register their attendance in advance and will receive links to the live event before the conference begins.

This event will welcome keynote speaker: The Rt Hon. the Baroness Hale of Richmond DBE, alongside notable academics and practitioners from around the world.

The conference is organised by Dr Jennifer Aston and Dr Frances Hamilton with the collaboration of the Journal of Legal History and Northumbria University.

The presentations are now available on this site. Click the Papers tab in the menu to access the recordings.

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David Allan,  The Highland Wedding, 1780