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Tales of seduction and betrayal: Disputed marriage engagements in early modern France


2005 2005

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This dissertation enters the discussion among family historians about how and why people chose their spouses in early modern Europe. This debate has often focused on a dichotomy between marriage for sentiment and marriage for material or social strategy. I discovered that dividing a cultural and social process like marriage into black and white categories is not a viable means of examining this process; sometimes much more complex reasons influence why people wed or refused to wed.

Using records of matrimonial disputes from an ecclesiastical court called the Officialité, I examine the reasons people married—or did not marry—in seventeenth and eighteenth century France in the province of Rouen. Seduction victims who used the court to force marriages in the seventeenth century had different motives than couples in the eighteenth century who wanted to dissolve their engagements because of irreconcilable differences. Harmonizing quantitative with qualitative information has allowed me to examine trends over time and the factors that played roles in matrimonial decisions. The cases are situated within the larger schemata of absolutism, the Catholic Reformation, the Enlightenment and the French state's usurpation of ecclesiastical authority. In the end, I find that while peoples' expectations of marriage concerned both sentiment and family strategy, they more importantly hoped for trust, respect and compatibility.

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Subject
European history;
History
Classification
0335: European history
0582: History
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Betrayal; France; Marriage engagements; Seduction
Title
Tales of seduction and betrayal: Disputed marriage engagements in early modern France
Author
Kvetko, Alison G.
Number of pages
274
Publication year
2005
Degree date
2005
School code
0093
Source
DAI-A 66/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542065941, 0542065940
Advisor
Riley, James C.
University/institution
Indiana University
University location
United States -- Indiana
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3167789
ProQuest document ID
304986830
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304986830
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