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The Measure of Woman: Law and Female Identity in the Crown of Aragon

January 26, 2011

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Marie Kelleher B.A. ’94 explores the complex relationship between women and legal culture in Spain’s Crown of Aragon during the late medieval period. Drawing on hundreds of unpublished court records, Kelleher examines how women engaged with patriarchal assumptions to shape their legal identities, thereby playing a crucial role in the formation of gendered legal culture that shaped women’s lives throughout Europe for centuries afterward.

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010. $55.

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