Bella: An Exploration of a Victorian Annulment of Marriage Appeal Record to the House of Lords Containing Witness Transcripts (Paperback)

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Adultery, impotence, and a cruel cross-examination all in the context of a famous bank failure, this precedent setting case, fueled by a fight to control a sizeable inheritance, recounts Bella's struggle to claim her own body, life and fortune from her husband and a misogynistic legal system.


Bella: An Exploration of a Victorian Annulment of Marriage Appeal Record of Gordon v. Merricks to the House of Lords Containing Witness Transcripts, Legal Pleadings, Documentary Evidence, and Appeal Court Decisions; with Annotations, Analysis, and Additional Material from the Time gives readers an accurate view into an unhappy marriage and the court cases resulting from it.

Bella explores and explains an Appeal Record to the House of Lords, functioning as the highest appeal court in the United Kingdom in 1885. To explain Bella's case to modern readers, the author provides detailed annotations to the text of the Appeal Record, including the many witness transcripts, as well as other documents from the time.

News articles and much legal research help modern readers understand how Bella's fortune was at risk of being squandered by her husband. This effort reveals the legal machinations perpetrated by Bella's husband and his lawyers as well as the excellent brief her own lawyers provide. Four decisions from the House of Lords are also presented with detailed annotations so modern readers may discern the results of both sides' arguments.

Several essays detail the context of the time including the failure of the City of Glasgow Bank, famous in its day for being the first case where bank officers went to jail for concealing very large unpaid loans to insiders and their favorite businesses. The development of judicial objectivity is examined in the context of Bella's case.

The author provides an Epilogue detailing, in some instances, the day to day turmoil of Bella's life.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781951937850
ISBN-10: 1951937856
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Publication Date: November 20th, 2020
Pages: 412
Language: English