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Author: Nazife Bashar

Title: Rape in England between 1550 and 1700

Subtitle: -

In: The sexual dynamics of history: men's power, women's resistance

Edited by: London Feminist History Group

Place: London

Publisher: Pluto Press

Year: 1983

Pages: 28-42 and 209-211

ISBN-10: 0861047117 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 16th Century, 17th Century | English History | Prosecution: Laws, Trials


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Abstract: »Nazife Bashar traces the history of laws on rape and looks at the discrepancies between legal theory and practice as revealed in court records of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The reasons why theory and practice varied so widely can be related to the changing definition of rape in early modern society after the decline of feudalism. But neither law nor the courts protected women against rape, though Nazife Bashar points out that women did try to manipulate masculine definitions in their own favour.« (The sexual dynamics of history: Men's power, women's resistance. Edited by the London Feminist History Group. London 1983: 11-12)


  Legal authorities, laws and statutes (p. 29)
  Court records (p. 33)
  Contradictions (p. 40)