Two Kentish laws concerning women: a new reading of Æthelberht 73 and 74

Hough, C. (2001) Two Kentish laws concerning women: a new reading of Æthelberht 73 and 74. Anglia Zeitschrift fur Englische Philologie, 119(4), pp. 554-578. (doi:10.1515/ANGL.2001.554)

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Abstract

Æthelberht 73 has previously been interpreted in terms of either sexual or financial misconduct by a free woman, while the following clause 74 has been taken to establish the compensation for injury payable to an unmarried girl. Neither interpretation is satisfactory. This paper uses linguistic, comparative and contextual evidence to argue that Æthelberht 73 and 74 comprise a related pair of clauses concerning violence committed by adult women and by unmarried girls.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hough, Professor Carole
Authors: Hough, C.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Anglia Zeitschrift fur Englische Philologie
ISSN:0340-5222
ISSN (Online):0071-0490
Published Online:10 December 2007

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