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Family, Gender, and Law in Early Modern France

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ISBN-10: 0271034726

ISBN-13: 9780271034720

Edition: 2009

Authors: Suzanne Desan, Jeffrey Merrick

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The essays in Family, Gender, and Law in Early Modern France explore how ordinary men and women negotiated power within early modern French households and continually reinvented their families in response to external forces. Larger processes, such as state building, religious reform, changing understandings of gender roles, and economic developments, influenced family practices in the areas of marriage, separation, guardianship, and illegitimacy. Relatives, gender, community, and the law imposed limits upon families but also provided opportunities for agency. Contributors investigate patterns of courtship and decisions about marriage; the financial power exercised by wives; marital conflict and related controversies about gender, sexuality, and social order; death and guardianship; and the legitimization of children born out of wedlock. While addressing a variety of topics, this volume focuses on family members as individuals with complicated agendas and strategies of their own.
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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
Publication date: 11/6/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Making and Breaking Marriage: An Overview of Old Regime Marriage as a Social Practice
Marriage Choice and Marital Success: Reasoning About Marriage, Love, and Happiness
Family Affairs: Wives, Credit, Consumption, and the Law in Old Regime France
Between State and Street: Witnesses and the Family Politics of Litigation in Early Modern France
Marital Conflict in Political Context: Langeac vs. Chambonas, 1775
Gender, Kin, and Guardianship in Early Modern Burgundy
On the Contested Margins of the Family: Bastardy and Legitimation by Royal Rescript in Eighteenth-Century France
Suggested Readings
Contributors
Index