The Chancery bill of Humphrey and Johanne Bawde tells a compelling story because of its verisimilitude: its vivid, apparently authentic detail. However, we must be careful not to read it as a transparent account of events that takes place in Johanne’s life. Yet, if we pay attention to common form of Chancery bills, their structure and language, they can sometimes find fissures in their careful crafting. This essay argues that this Chancery bill includes reported speech.
|Title of host publication||Women, Agency and the Law, 1300-1700|
|Editors||Bronach Kane, Fiona Williamson|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Print)||9781848933842, 9781138662179|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Oct 2013|
|Name||"The Body, Gender and Culture"|