We have two posts on Bessie Rayner Parkes – one focusing on her activism by Amandy Jimenez, and one focusing on the broader legal context of that activism by Aminah Khanom.
By Louise McCarthy Born in the West Midlands in 1726, Catherine Hayes was a party to the murder of her husband, alongside Thomas Billing and Thomas Wood. Both men, who were the main actors in the killing, were convicted of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. Catherine however, was convicted of petty treason, a … Continue reading “Catherine Hayes: ‘The sexual predator burnt at the stake for her life of sin’”
By Rebecca Bradley It is not surprising that the position of married women within the law in the early 1900’s, was unequal to that of men. Although, at the conclusion of the First World War, the law seemed to be improving women’s lives by ‘allowing’ them the right to vote and the right to hold … Continue reading “A Revolutionary Without the Means: Justice Henry McCardie and the Position of Wives under British Law”