- Series: Studies in the History of Sexuality
- Hardcover: 264 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (January 5, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195089073
- ISBN-13: 978-0195089073
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,926,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Authority and Sexuality in Early Modern Burgundy, 1550-1730 (Studies in the History of Sexuality) 1st Edition
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"A rich, detailed, and synthetic treatment....A valuable work with its theoretical framework, exhaustive detail, careful documentation, and extensive 42-page bibliography. Recommended for those interested in early modern and family history."--CHOICE
"Farr's handling of old regime judicial records is masterful, and his detailed knowledge of Burgundian life allows him to make sense out of even the most fragmentary court case. In general, there is much here for seventeenth-century historians to learn and ponder."--American Historical Review
"[A] comprehensive and incisive study...[I]t is Farr's precision and eye for detail that gives these stories their power...This is a solid and thought-provoking book."--Journal of the History of Sexuality
"An excellent book and a good read."--Religious Studies Review
"[S]teeped in the judicial archives of Burgundy and richly illustrated with the voices of contemporaries found in religious treatises, legal codes, and litigation."--Law and History Review
"[This work] shows a great depth of learning and unwillingness to settle for simplistic assessments. It should serve as an interpretive model and research guide to scholars interested in social history, the Counter Reformation, sexuality, and gender."--Renaissance Quarterly
From the Back Cover
Focusing on a historical time and place rich with implications for the interactions among law, religion, and sexual morality, Authority and Sexuality in Early Modern Burgundy is an incisive analysis of the tension between the prescriptive and the practical aspects of law. As Catholic Reform penetrated and was institutionalized in Early Modern France, legal codes reached further than before into realms of moral behavior. James Farr reveals how Burgundy's dominant, elite legal community attempted to impose new laws and regulations to recover a social order they believed had been destroyed in the upheavals of the sixteenth century. Among their chief objectives was the imposition of patriarchy to be accomplished by the construction of a more rigorous gender hierarchy and a greater disciplining of sexual passions. As a series of moral codes governing the disposition of human bodies, the new order of morality established authority over the sexual behavior of priests, courting couples, victims of seduction or rape, and prostitutes, among others. In practice, however, the exigencies of criminal procedure transformed the written rules into a resource of strategic power, often used by judges and litigants to achieve ends quite different from those originally intended. Informed by recent theoretical insights from legal anthropology and French social theory, and making use of a variety of original sources, particularly the court records of moral crime, Authority and Sexuality in Early Modern Burgundy draws an important, systematic link between the histories of sexuality and criminality at a time when there was no clear distinction between sin and crime. It will be essential reading for scholars andstudents of French history, social history, legal history, and the history of sexuality.
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