Even though there was an unmarried woman on the throne in Elizabethan England, the roles of women in society were very limited.
The Elizabethans had very clear expectations of men and women, and in general men were expected to be the breadwinners and women to be housewives and mothers.
Robert Dudley's first wife, Amy Robsart, was Sir John Robsart's only child, and inherited two estates he owned in Norfolk.
It was not always clear what happened to these estates when the woman married i.e.
If a husband felt the need to chastise his wife, then he was not allowed to be cruel or inflict bodily harm.
If he did abuse his wife, then he could be prosecuted or prevented from living with her.
A man was considered to be the head of a marriage, and he had the legal right to chastise his wife.