John Frederick Stanford: Commentary on the Custom of Judicial Combat between Man and Wife in Wrtzburg

Scope and Content

'Curious Custom of Judicial Combat between Man and Wife according to Statutes of the ancient City of Wrtzburg', a commentary to the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, 6 December 1841, by J.F. Stanford, 10 folios. On folios 6 and 7 are nine drawings. Folios 8-10 are blank, as is the verso. On fo. 1v is '49' (circled). The manuscript is in a box with MS.Add.6573/2.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Frederick Stanford (1815-1880) was born in January 1815, the son of Major Francis William, 1st Regiment of Life Guards, by his first wife, Mary, daughter of William Gorton, esq., of Windsor. He was educated at Eton, before being admitted a pensioner of Trinity College, Cambridge, in May 1832. He did not reside at Trinity, and in May 1834 was admitted to Christ's College, matriculating Michaelmas 1834 (B.A., 1838; M.A. 1842). Stanford was admitted to Lincoln's Inn in November 1841, and called to the Bar in November 1844. He was made Fellow of the Royal Society in 1844, and served as M.P. for Reading (1849-1852), J.P. for Middlesex, and D.L. for Berkshire. He was the author of Outlines of a plan of national education and Rambles and researches in Thuringian Saxony. He died on 2 December 1880 at North Bank, Regent's Park.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased 1924.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Stanford in J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part II, Vol. VI (Cambridge University Press, 1954), p. 9.

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