Crossing boundaries: women's gossip, insults and violence in sixteenth-century France

Lipscomb, Suzannah (2011) Crossing boundaries: women's gossip, insults and violence in sixteenth-century France. French History, 25 (4). pp. 408-426. ISSN 0269-1191

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Abstract

Using evidence from cases recorded in the registers of the consistories of southern France, the author investigates the way in which Languedocian women policed each other's behaviour, enforcing a collective morality through gossip, sexual insult and physical confrontation. In contrast to case studies by other historians, it is argued here that gossip does appear to have been a peculiarly female activity, but far more than simply being an outlet for malice or prurience, it gave women a distinctive social role in the town. No less evident is the involvement of women in physical violence both against each other and against men, violence which, though less extreme than its male counterpart, nonetheless occupies a significant role in the proceedings of the consistories.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of History
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Depositing User: Katherine Humphries
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2012 10:57
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2020 23:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/40445
DOI: 10.1093/fh/crr063

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