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The Measure of Woman (Hardback)

P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Society & Culture

Imprint: Pennsylvania University Press
Pages: 217
ISBN: 9780812242560
Published: 31st December 2010
Casemate UK Academic

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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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