The Measure of Woman [Hardback]

Marie A. Kelleher (Author)

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ISBN: 9780812242560 | Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press | Year of Publication: 2010 | Language: English 217p,




The Measure of Woman

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This study explores the complex relationship between women and legal culture in Spain's Crown of Aragon during the late medieval period. Aragonese courts measured women according to three factors: their status in relation to men, their relative sexual respectability, and their conformity to ideas about the female sex as a whole. Yet in spite of this situation, Kelleher argues that women were not passive recipients - or even victims - of the legal system. Rather, medieval women actively used the conceptual vocabulary of the law, engaging with patriarchal legal assumptions as part of their litigation strategies.

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