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Published: 13 August 2020

294 Pages | 4 halftones

6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190945183

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Sex in an Old Regime City

Young Workers and Intimacy in France, 1660-1789

Julie Hardwick

  • Uses new archival evidence to showcase experiences of young people's relationships and their reproductive consequences and society's attitudes towards them
  • Shows how intimacy was everywhere in early modern cities - in confession boxes during conversations between priest and penitent, in lawyers' offices, in workplaces, and in the streets
  • Argues that early modern women were not persecuted by their communities for premarital sexual activity and out-of-wedlock children but were treated pragmatically and sensitively, enabling women to continue working and preserve their futures.