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The Bed's Still Second-Best (41)
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 1, No. 43. Friday, 31 Aug 1990.
 
 
(1)   Date:   Thu, 30 Aug 90 17:40:09 EDT                    (10 lines)
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      Subject:      Re: SHK 1.0036  The Second-Best Bed
 
(2)   Date:         Fri, 31 Aug 90 17:39:23 EDT              (13 lines)
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      Subject:      English Common Law and Shakespeare's Widow
 
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Date:   Thu, 30 Aug 90 17:40:09 EDT
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Subject: 1.0036  The Second-Best Bed  (84)
Comment:      Re: SHK 1.0036  The Second-Best Bed  (84)
 
Ken,
  I can't help but say thanks to you for the little treatise on the
second-best bed. The story may be old hat to others, but it was new
to me and most entertaining. It's probably a dumb question, but under
Common Law and in the absence of a will, who or what would have
determined which third the surviving spouse would receive? RW
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Date:         Fri, 31 Aug 90 17:39:23 EDT
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Subject:      English Common Law and Shakespeare's Widow
 
 
Well, sorry, but I'm no expert on English Common Law.  I don't think
it mattered "which third" the widow would receive -- she received the
use of the family home and one-third of the wealth, I assume, or
income of the husband's estate.  Does anyone else have any suggestions,
or perhaps good sources for this matter?
 
                                         Ken Steele
                                         University of Toronto
 

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