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Publication - Professor Gwen Seabourne

    Old paths and new directions? Some perspectives from the deep history of rape

    Citation

    Seabourne, G, 2019, ‘Old paths and new directions? Some perspectives from the deep history of rape’.

    Abstract

    (paper delivered at workshop, 'New directions in sexual violence scholarship', University of Bristol Law School, 16/5/2019)
    Using sources from medieval England and Wales, including newly discovered cases, this paper will explore the early development of legal responses to rape. It will highlight questions raised by my research as to:
    (i) the interplay of impulses towards punishment and compensation;
    (ii) problems with proof and procedure;
    (iii) concepts of consent;
    and will open up discussion as to the implications for modern sexual violence scholarship. Can such historical scholarship go beyond the correction of impressions about law’s distant past and contribute something to current debates?

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