Relationships between marital status, sexual status, and property. Along with concepts of feudal obligation, wifely obedience, and roman law, one additional idea that was essential in shaping women"s legal rights in early modern europe. 1753 hardwicke"s marriage act: announcing of the banns, scotland and clandestine marriages, rate of illegitimacy upon marriage: approx 1/5 to 1/3 of brides in 16th and 17th c. , close to. In the 18th c: concern of male property young men taken advantage of, the act marriage have to be announced, cross boarder strategy. 2)law codes --how sexual honour is implicated in political orders laws: marriage contracts and breach of promise suits: at this time they wanted to systemize the laws and make them uniform, often that involved looking at various roman codes. Justinian code, twelve tables important codes of organizing laws; roman laws spreads to france; laws are cyclical, there are interruptions, nepoleonic laws and the. Sex is seen in terms of procreation alone.