L’internement des veuves et des célibataires majeures : Une exception normande dans la 2e moitié du XVIIIe siècle

Abstract : This paper investigates the practice whereby relatives requested the imprisonment of widows and single women, including the female heads of families. Family conflicts varied in their objects and forms according to the provinces. In line with heavy concerns regarding lineage, the argument of misalliance and dishonour was put forward in cases where widows wished to remarry. Beyond the sense of honour, it is obvious that material and financial interests were paramount. Such interests motivated requests for the imprisonment of both widows and single women of age. In Normandy, where male preference was patent in every chapter of common law, some men went as far as having their mothers, mothers-in-law and sisters imprisoned. In addition to the reluctance of the person concerned and the uncertainty of the results, the violent nature of this procedure meant it was only applied within strict limits. It is thanks to this, however, that we can now grasp some important drivers of family conflicts in Normandy.
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Jérôme Viret. L’internement des veuves et des célibataires majeures : Une exception normande dans la 2e moitié du XVIIIe siècle. 2015. ⟨hal-01961338⟩

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