By Eliza Earle Ferguson

Historian Eliza Earle Ferguson's meticulously researched learn of family violence one of the operating classification in France uncovers the intimate information of way of life and the advanced workings of courtroom court cases in fin-de-si?cle Paris. With detective-like tools, Ferguson pores via hundreds of thousands of courtroom documents to appreciate why such a lot of perpetrators of violent crime have been totally acquitted. She reveals that courtroom verdicts trusted group criteria for violence among undefined. Her seek uncovers voluminous testimony from witnesses, defendants, and sufferers documenting the conflicts and connections between women and men who struggled to stability love, wish, and fiscal want of their relationships.Ferguson's targeted research of those situations permits her to reconstruct the social, cultural, and criminal stipulations within which they happened. Her ethnographic procedure deals unheard of perception into the day-by-day lives of nineteenth-century Parisians, revealing how they selected their companions, what they fought approximately, and what drove them to violence. of their battles over cash and intercourse, have been in impression checking out, stretching, and imposing gender roles. Gender and Justice will curiosity social and criminal historians for its clarification of ways the operating type of fin-de-si?cle Paris went approximately their lives and navigated the judicial process. Gender reports students will locate Ferguson's research of the development of gender really trenchant.

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Perhaps Paul believed that consent once given could not be revoked. Certainly, Edmé Lechevallier would have agreed, since he resorted to blackmail in order to force his lover Louise Méro to continue to sleep with him. 52 Méro describes the scene as follows: “Once we arrived in front of his door, I didn’t want to go up. I even told him that I intended to break up with him because he promised me marriage but kept putting it off. He took me in his arms and dragged me into the corridor and the staircase.

59 Ultimately, he shot at her when she left him. Léonie Besson also cited venereal disease when she confided to her mother the reasons why she would not sleep with her husband. “She told me many times that her husband had passions against nature; that he had an illness, and that, to avoid it, she sometimes slept wearing underpants [un pantalon fermé]. ”60 While these women claimed to have refused sex in order to protect their health, their partners clearly did not respect this explanation. These women were attacked when they refused to have sex with their domestic partners; many others were at risk of attack for real or suspected infidelity.

It is impossible to know, however, if the jurors believed Teste’s version of the story, or if this was one of the very rare cases where medical testimony made a difference in the verdict. Noting that none of the bullets had actually penetrated the victim’s skull, Dr. Jules Socquet concluded in his autopsy report that the victim’s heart disease had “fatally diminished” her resistance to the wounds, and he was unable to confirm that the wounds had been the direct cause of death. The final interpretation of the trial’s results must therefore remain uncertain, but this case illustrates the many factors that could bring a couple together—business or monetary interests, legitimation of a sexual relationship or a child, love or desire, and family influences.

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