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Authority and Sexuality in Early Modern Burgundy (1550-1730)

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A sociocultural analysis of the relationships among law, religion, and sexual morality in Burgundy during the Catholic Reformation, this book is divided into two, interrelated parts: the world of prescription and the world of practice. The first part examines the construction of authority, focusing primarily upon Burgundy's dominant elite legal community. The second part of the book examines the deployment of authority, and its appropriation by French men and women. The new moral order focused on sexuality and ...

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Authority and Sexuality in Early Modern Burgundy (1550-1730)

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Overview

A sociocultural analysis of the relationships among law, religion, and sexual morality in Burgundy during the Catholic Reformation, this book is divided into two, interrelated parts: the world of prescription and the world of practice. The first part examines the construction of authority, focusing primarily upon Burgundy's dominant elite legal community. The second part of the book examines the deployment of authority, and its appropriation by French men and women. The new moral order focused on sexuality and the imposition of this order involved a legal contest over the disposition of bodies, both male and female, be they priests, courting couples, victims of seduction or rape, or prostitutes. James Farr's book offers an unusually fertile approach to study the link between sexuality and criminality.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195089073
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 0.91 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 3
I The Order of Morality, The Morality of Order
1 The Social World and the World of Ideas 13
2 From the Cloister to the Street 33
II The Disposition of Bodies
3 The Power of the Holy: Reformers, Priests, and Parishioners 61
4 Marriage and the Uses of the Law: Legislation, Adjudication, and Litigation 90
5 Bartered Bodies: Infanticide, Lasciviousness, and Prostitution 124
Conclusion 157
Notes 163
Bibliography 203
Index 247
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