Old paths and new directions? Some perspectives from the deep history of rape

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Abstract

(paper delivered at workshop, 'New directions in sexual violence scholarship', University of Bristol Law School, 16/5/2019)
Using sources from medieval England and Wales, including newly discovered cases, this paper will explore the early development of legal responses to rape. It will highlight questions raised by my research as to:
(i) the interplay of impulses towards punishment and compensation;
(ii) problems with proof and procedure;
(iii) concepts of consent;
and will open up discussion as to the implications for modern sexual violence scholarship. Can such historical scholarship go beyond the correction of impressions about law’s distant past and contribute something to current debates?
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 16 May 2019
EventNew Directions in Sexual Violence Scholarship -
Duration: 16 May 201916 May 2019

Workshop

WorkshopNew Directions in Sexual Violence Scholarship
Period16/05/1916/05/19

Keywords

  • rape, medieval

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    Seabourne, G. (2019). Old paths and new directions? Some perspectives from the deep history of rape. Paper presented at New Directions in Sexual Violence Scholarship, .