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Women in Court

Laura Gowing

in Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207634
eISBN:
9780191677755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207634.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

The church courts held in St Paul's Cathedral and known across England as ‘the bawdy courts’ administered spiritual justice covering issues ranging from church attendance and Sabbath-keeping to the ... More


Words, Honour, and Reputation

Laura Gowing

in Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207634
eISBN:
9780191677755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207634.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

In seventeenth-century London, the church courts were filled by women and men complaining of sexual insult. Brief insults and longer stories about illicit sex were the basis for long and fairly ... More


Narratives of Litigation

Laura Gowing

in Domestic Dangers: Women, Words, and Sex in Early Modern London

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198207634
eISBN:
9780191677755
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207634.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History, Social History

In the legal battles over slander, conjugal commitment, and marital breakdown, complaints and conflicts were articulated through the stories told in court. In and outside the court, these stories ... More


Normal Soap and Elastic Hymens: Historicizing the Modern Norms of Sexuality

Laura Doan

in Disturbing Practices: History, Sexuality, and Women’s Experience of Modern War

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226001586
eISBN:
9780226001753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226001753.003.0006
Subject:
History, Social History

This chapter assesses the epistemic ramifications of a queer history dependent on conceptual tools inherited from early sexology, notably the impulse to categorize based on binaries. Turning to the ... More


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