Rebecca Probert

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Professor Rebecca Jane Probert is a British legal historian. Born in Rugby, Warwickshire in 1973, she lives in Kenilworth with her husband, the travel writer Liam D'Arcy-Brown. She studied for an undergraduate degree in Jurisprudence at Oxford University and for an LLM at University College, London. She currently holds a chair in Law at Warwick University. Specialising as she does in the history of marriage in England and Wales, her monograph Marriage Law & Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment[1] is widely accepted among legal historians as having overturned previous understandings of the history of common law marriage.[2] She is also the author of a number of leading text books such as Cretney & Probert's Family Law and Principles of Family Law.

Professor Probert has appeared widely on television and radio, notably including interviews for Channel 4 news during the controversy surrounding the marriage of The Prince of Wales and Camilla Parker-Bowles and on BBC1's Who Do You Think You Are?,[3] in which she threw light on the bigamous marriage of the actress Kim Cattrall's grandfather.

In the run-up to the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011, Professor Probert published The Rights & Wrongs of Royal Marriage: how the law has led to heartbreak, farce and confusion, and why it must be changed,[4] in which she argued the case for rationalising and simplifying the laws which govern royal marriages in Great Britain.

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  1. ^ Probert, Rebecca, Marriage Law & Practice in the Long Eighteenth Century: A Reassessment, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  2. ^ Book reviews, Family Law, February 2010.
  3. ^ Who Do You Think You Are?, BBC, 12 August 2009.
  4. ^ Probert, Rebecca, The Rights & Wrongs of Royal Marriage: how the law has led to heartbreak, farce and confusion, and why it must be changed, Takeaway Press, 2011.

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