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Journal > Volumes > 41 (2010) > 2 (Summer)
2 (Summer)
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Fatal Lovesickness in the “Heptameron”

Lovesickness, a medical condition thought to be caused by unrequited passion and also known as erotomania or erotic melancholy, figures prominently in the Heptameron. Marguerite de Navarre’s complex narrative strategies and skillful use of the controversial medico-moral debate on lovesickness, especially in novellas 9 and 26, convey to her contemporary, active readers a richly textured message...

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Baldness & Masculinity in Early Modern England

In the recent history of masculinity, the male body has gained ground as a fresh field of interest, parallel in many ways to earlier emphases on the female body in women’s history. This article explores male baldness as a constituent of masculinity in early modern England. Drawing from printed texts of various genres, combined with evidence from diaries and (auto)biographical writings, it...

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Conscience in Early Modern English Coroners’ Inquests

This article explores how ordinary people—those below the ranks of the educated elite—understood and made use of conscience in the years after the Reformation. While much is known about the ideas of theologians and legal scholars regarding this issue, no other work has attempted to recover popular notions of conscience. This article argues that coroners’ inquests reveal the early modern shift...

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Dilemma of Involuntary Nuns

In early modern Europe, many adolescents both male and female were compelled by their elders to become professed religious, mainly for patrimonial reasons. Ecclesiastical regulations provided a means of contesting their involuntary monachization: making an appeal to the pope, which was then adjudicated by a Roman congretation. Based on records of the Congregation of the Council and other...

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Calvin’s Exegesis & Early Modern Legal History

This article examines Calvin’s commentary on Exodus through Deuteronomy (1563) through the lens of sixteenth-century historical jurisprudence, exemplified in the works of François de Connan and Fran.ois Baudouin. Recent scholarship has demonstrated how Calvin’s historicizing exegesis of the Bible is in continuity with broader trends in Christian biblical interpretation in the late medieval...

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