16:15 - 16:35

This talk briefly outlines why, how, when, where and who individuals could marry in earlier centuries and sets the context for family historians to interpret their findings

Professor Rebecca Probert

Professor Rebecca Probert is the leading academic authority on the history of marriage law in England and Wales. She has taught at the University of Warwick for the past decade and is the author of many scholarly articles and monographs. She has also appeared numerous times on TV and radio, and her work has been widely recognised as rewriting modern understandings of past marriage practices. Vitally for family historians, her research into marriage practices in past centuries is grounded not just in analysis of case-law but in a great many detailed, large-scale cohort studies of communities across England and Wales.