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Author: Mary R. Block

Title: ‘For the Repressing of the Most Wicked and Felonious Rapes or Ravishments of Women’

Subtitle: Rape Law in England, 1660–1800

In: Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800

Edited by: Anne Greenfield

Place: London

Publisher: Pickering & Chatto

Year: 2013

Pages: 23-33 and 178-180

Series: The Body, Gender and Culture 14

ISBN-13: 9781848934399 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 17th Century, 18th Century | English History | Laws


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Abstract: »Mary R. Block's essay, '"For the Repressing of the Most Wicked and Felonious Rapes or Ravishments of Women": Rape Law and Adjudication in England, 1660-1800' opens this section, providing a comprehensive historical overview of English rape law during this era. Block's analysis looks beyond the parliamentary statutes that address rape, of which there was a relative paucity, focusing instead on legal treatises that interpreted the law and that carried wide influence in judicial decisions. Block sheds important light on the enormous difficulty to be had in successfully prosecuting rapists, a difficulty that is particularly surprising for a legal system that was otherwise intended to favour the prosecution.« (Source: Anne Greenfield. »Introduction.« Interpreting Sexual Violence, 1660-1800. Edited by Anne Greenfield. London 2013: 8)

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