Family History Federation

The Bawdy Courts by Eve Mclaughlin

Ecclesiastical courts dealt with sex, sin, scandal, naughty clergymen, doubtful  dealings by executors, failure to pay tithes, refusal to attend church, breach of promise, neighbours from hell, and the countless instances of the very rude epithets  which gave the courts their pet name. All of these involved a mass of ordinary people giving information about their daily lives, ages, birthplaces, relationships and attitudes. Witness depositions often the only proof of actual origins of newcomers. With Latin terms and abbreviations, extensive examples etc.


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