Rape in Medieval Europe

Stephen Pistono

Abstract


In fourteenth-century Europe, Jean Froissart, an important
French chronicler, defined rape as a crime of passion. Although some support for
his view can be found in the sources, the greater body of evidence confirms the
contrary interpretation of modern feminists, who regard rape as a crime of
violence and hostility, and who further underscore the difficulty victims
confront in deriving redress from the legal system. Similar circumstances
prevailed in the Middle Ages as women were put through an excruciatingly painful
and degrading set of procedures before charges could be brought against their
attackers. Only the church began to develop a more equitable approach to the
problem.

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