Thursday, 26 February 2015

Another interesting word...

While transcribing my ggg-grandmother's will I came across a word I hadn't seen before. It took me a little while to decipher the hand-writing and determine the spelling and then I jumped over to Google to find what it meant. The word was coverture and it appeared in sections of the will where my ggg-grandmother was referring to her daughters. Coverture was the legal term for the concept that a woman ceases to exist as a legal entity when she is married. That is, a woman can no longer own property, and all her legal rights and obligations are taken over by her husband. Not a particularly pleasant concept - thankfully we live in a somewhat more enlightened age and concepts such as this have dropped out of regular use in most of the world. /smh

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