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Crime, Punishment, Testimony and Patriarchy: A Rape Trial in

Crime, Punishment, Testimony and Patriarchy: A Rape Trial in 1472 France
Tuesday, November 21, 2023 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Please join us as Professor Sara McDougall, John Jay College, CUNY,  speaks on her latest research telling the story of Jehanne, an estranged wife and migrant from Lorraine, France who became a victim of a heinous crime.  Jehanne accused a group of mercenaries and their local accomplices of sexual assault. That she dared to make this accusation is surprising. She had no reason to trust the authorities, and plenty of reasons to be afraid of the consequences of seeking justice. It is a story that defies many of our modern assumptions about sex, gender, justice, and identity in the Middle Ages. Professor McDougal will present the evidence, testimony and verdict with a modern analysis on women’s encounters with the legal system, illegitimacy of children and the criminal laws of late Medieval France.

Abigail Nitka, Chair, Legal History Committee

Professor Sara McDougall, Professor, John Jay College and the CUNY Graduate Center and John and Constance Birkelund Fellow, New York Public Library

Sponsoring Committee:
Legal History, Abigail Nitka, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Committee:
Sex & Law, Natalie Birnbaum & Susan Cersovsky, Co-Chairs

New York City Bar Association 42 West 44th Street New York, NY 10036

Tuesday, 21 November 2023

11/21/2023 6:00 PM

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