In the British Tudor era, the rights of women depended heavily on their marital status. Who would have had greater legal rights, a single woman or a married one?

Answer: A single one. A spinster or widow of full age could inherit and administer land, make a will, sign a contract, sue and be sued and seal bonds. A married woman had no such rights. They could not even make a provisional will without the express permission of their husband.

Source: The Routledge Companion to the Tudor Age

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