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Saskia Lettmaier

Spouses, Church, and State

Marriage Law in England and Protestant Germany from the Reformation until the Close of the Nineteenth Century

[Ehegatten, Kirche und Staat. Eherecht in England und im protestantischen Deutschland von der Reformation bis zum Ende des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts.]

2024. Approx. 420 pages.
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Saskia Lettmaier explores the greatest transformation to have occurred within the Western law of marriage in the last five hundred years: the shift from a unified marital order, created by a universal church and influenced by theological principles, to a non-unified marital order, created by separate states and influenced by secular principles.
Saskia Lettmaier explores what is arguably the greatest transformation to have occurred within the Western law of marriage in the last five hundred years: the shift from a unified marital order, legislated and adjudicated by a universal church and influenced by theological principles, to a non-unified marital order, legislated and adjudicated by separate and sovereign states and influenced by secular principles. These principles included the idea that it is best for everyone concerned that a marriage that has been emotionally outgrown by at least one partner should be freely dissoluble. She analyzes how and why this shift occurred, and why it occurred differently in different territories. Through the lens of the experiences of England and Protestant Germany (with a focus on Prussia), she explains not only the legal changes themselves, but also how and why the different nations developed specific approaches to marriage law.
Authors/Editors

Saskia Lettmaier Born 1979; 2002 B.A. (Oxford University); 2003 LL.M. (Harvard Law School); 2007 Dr.jur. (Bamberg); 2015 S.J.D. (Harvard Law School); 2016 Habilitation (Regensburg); Professor of Private Law, European Legal History, Private International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Kiel (Germany); Judge at the Higher Regional Court of Schleswig.

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