profane_wit (profane_wit) wrote in little_details,

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More on widows' finances and scholarly celibacy

This is sort of a follow up to this question that I posted last week. (By the way, my sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to reply to that post; you gave me plenty to think about and some comments were quite helpful).

Now, after asking there and doing some more research of my own online and at my university library, I think I've gotten a pretty good idea of how dower and jointure both work, for the most part. However, I haven't found anything that specifically relates to my current question; I'm not sure if any of you would have an exact answer for me, but gut feelings and ideas would be helpful at this stage as well.

Setting: 1670s England
Searches conducted: Read The Weaker Vessel by Antonia Fraser, Shakespeare's Legal Language by B.J. and Mary Sokol, Widowhood in Medieval and Early Modern Europe edited by Sandra Cavallo and Lyndan Warner, and Birth, Marriage and Death: Ritual and Religion in Tudor and Stuart England by David Cressy.

The Question: Would non-consummation of a marriage provide any legal basis for a man's family to deny his widow her jointure? Or at least to try to, anyway? If not, can anyone suggest a situation in which a man predeceases his mother and wife and the mother and her legal advisors try to cheat the wife out of her jointure or dower? They don't necessarily have to be successful at it, but I would, if possible, like it to be something that requires lawyers and time to settle.

Setting: 1670s England
Research conducted: I tried searching on google and wikipedia about historical strictures imposed upon academics but to be perfectly honest, I really couldn't think of a good way to search for this sort of thing :\

The Question: While reading The Weaker Vessel there was mention made of university fellows being forbidden to marry in the 17th century. Given that this is the case, did this ban of celibacy extend only to teaching staff and faculty or were university administrators...chancellors and the like, for example, also forbidden to marry and have families?

As always, I will be most grateful for any kind of help you could offer. Thank you muchly in advance.
Tags: 1600-1699, ~inheritance

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