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Sex in an Old Regime City: Young Workers and Intimacy in France, 1660-1789

Julie Hardwick


Based on extensive archival research, the extraordinary stories of ordinary people’s lives in this book explore many facets of young people’s intimacy from meeting to courtship to the many occasions when untimely pregnancies necessitated a range of strategies. These might include marriage but could also be efforts to induce abortions, arrangements for out-of-wedlock delivery, charging the father with custody, leaving the baby with a foundling hospital, or infanticide. Clergy, lawyers, social welfare officials, employers, midwives, wet-nurses, neighbors, family, and friends supported young wome ... More

Keywords: intimacy, France, sexuality, illegitimacy, courtship, infanticide, Lyon, abortion, law, work, Catholic church, pregnancy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190945183
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190945183.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Julie Hardwick, author
John E. Green Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin