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432 Pages | 17 Illustrations

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780197267004

Bookseller Code (06)

Libertines and the Law

Subversive Authors and Criminal Justice in Early Seventeenth-Century France

Adam Horsley

British Academy Monographs

  • The first in-depth study of libertine author trials from legal rather than literary perspectives, identifies the criminal trial as a new critical reading sphere of subversive literature
  • Brings together a wide range of genres uncommon to libertinage studies, including political history, criminology, legal anthropology, Jewish studies, and forensic linguistics
  • Includes an accessible history of the intended meanings of 'libertin', as well as an exploration of literary censorship and the criminal justice system in early seventeenth-century France
  • Draws from rarely explored archival documents, including several new discoveries and previously unpublished images, providing new contributions to our knowledge of the period
  • Includes the first dedicated study of Jean Fontanier in English, and the most in-depth studies of Giulio Cesare Vanini and Théophile de Viau in English