Authority and Sexuality in Early Modern Burgundy (1550-1730) by James R. Farr

By James R. Farr

A sociocultural research of the relationships between legislations, faith, and sexual morality in Burgundy throughout the Catholic Reformation, this ebook is split into , interrelated components: the realm of prescription and the area of perform. the 1st half examines the development of authority, focusing essentially upon Burgundy's dominant elite criminal neighborhood. the second one a part of the e-book examines the deployment of authority, and its appropriation by means of French women and men. the hot ethical order interested in sexuality and the imposition of this order concerned a criminal contest over the disposition of our bodies, either female and male, be they clergymen, dating undefined, sufferers of seduction or rape, or prostitutes. James Farr's ebook deals an surprisingly fertile method of learn the hyperlink among sexuality and criminal activity.

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91 It is hardly surprising that this sense of self-exaltation would be expressed in a world view that was authoritarian and that placed the robins in a prominent position in the new order. As stated earlier, Nicolas Brulart, the First President of Burgundy's Parlement for most of the reign of Louis XTV, had much to say about the nature of authority in a hierarchical world, and the logic of his legal paradigm was absolutist. But what exactly he and his fellow robins meant by absolutism, and what role they saw themselves as playing, warrants brief discussion.

This community might no longer have been the highly personalized entity that Bossy posits for the Middle Ages, but as an abstract collectivity it was a community nonetheless and, furthermore, an essential component of the new moral order. Charity was no longer mediated horizontally solely through the parish priest, but vertically, not only through a thoroughly hierarchical church but equally through God and his earthly representatives, king and magistrate. Many preachers testified to this important transformation, but none describe it better than Louis Bourdaloue: "Religion is nothing other than a bond t h a t .

34 From the Cloister to the Street 35 fronts: in the individual's conscience by means of confession, and in society by the deployment of "justice" and by episcopal control of priests and parishioners. Confessors urging sexual restraint before confession, preachers and moralists vituperating against disorderly and lascivious women, bishops publishing synodal statutes and inspecting parishes as well as joining devots (many of whom were robins and their wives) in the confinement of wayward individuals (mostly women), all of these groups formed a broad coalition to accomplish the goal deemed necessary to reorder society—its sacralization.

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