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Authority and sexuality in early modern Burgundy (1550-1730) [electronic resource] /
James R. Farr.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
description
viii, 252 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0195089073 (acid-free paper)
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imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
isbn
0195089073 (acid-free paper)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8709356
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1995-09:
Farr (Purdue Univ.), author of Hands of Honor (CH, Jul'89), once again turns his attention to the Burgundian past. In a rich, detailed, and synthetic treatment, he examines the attempts of the largely Catholic French elite to impose morality after the 16th-century civil wars. A Counter Reformation church and laity envisioned a new order, largely authoritarian, hierarchical, patriarchal, and monarchic. Farr briefly examines the prescriptive nature of this order, but his book centers around its attempted imposition as seen through court cases of the Dijon Parlement: clerical immorality, male abduction/seduction, clandestine marriage, and unwanted pregnancy. Farr's account is a depressing tale of women's vulnerability told through judicial processes against infanticide, concubinage, and prostitution. Although Farr's meticulous accounting of judicial cases is sometimes numbing, this is 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. Upper-division undergraduates and above. D. C. Baxter; Ohio University
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"...[A] comprehensive and incisive study...it 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
"...[A] comprehensive and incisive study...it is Farr's precision and eyefor detail that gives these stories their power... This is a solid andthought-provoking book."--Journal of the History of Sexuality
"An excellent book and a good read."--Religious Studies Review
"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
"A rich, detailed, and synthetic treatment....A valuable work with itstheoretical framework, exhaustive detail, careful documentation, and extensive42-page bibliography. Recommended for those interested in early modern andfamily 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 HistoricalReview
"farr's handling of old regime judicial records is masterful, and hisdetailed knowledge of Burgundian life allows him to make sense out of even themost fragmentary court case. In general, there is much here forseventeenth-century historians to learn and ponder."--American HistoricalReview
"...steeped 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
"...steeped in the judicial archives of Burgundy and richly illustratedwith the voices of contemporaries found in religious treatises, legal codes, andlitigation."--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
"...[This work] shows a great depth of learning and unwillingness tosettle for simplistic assessments. It should serve as an interpretive model andresearch guide to scholars interested in social history, the CounterReformation, sexuality, and gender."--Renaissance Quarterly
"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...it 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"...steeped 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
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Summaries
Long Description
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 moralorder 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 betweensexuality and criminality.
Main Description
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 dispositionof 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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 3
The Order of Morality, The Morality of Order
The Social World and the World of Ideasp. 13
From the Cloister to the Streetp. 33
The Disposition of Bodies
The Power of the Holy: Reformers, Priests, and Parishionersp. 61
Marriage and the Uses of the Law: Legislation, Adjudication, and Litigationp. 90
Bartered Bodies: Infanticide, Lasciviousness, and Prostitutionp. 124
Conclusionp. 157
Notesp. 163
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 247
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