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


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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