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Fatal love : Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic

Title

Fatal love : Spousal Killers, Law, and Punishment in the Late Colonial Spanish Atlantic

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Excerpt

For historians, spousal murders are significant for what they reveal about social and family history, in particular the hidden history of day-to-day gender relations, conflicts, crimes, and punishments. Fatal Love examines this phenomenon in the late colonial Spanish Atlantic, focusing on incidents occurring in New Spain (colonial Mexico), New Granada (colonial Colombia), and Spain from the 1740s to the 1820s. In the more than 200 cases consulted, it considers not only the social features of the murders, but also the legal discourses and judicial practices guiding the historical treatment of spousal murders, helping us understand the historical intersection of domestic violence, private and state/church patriarchy, and the law.

Description

xxv, 429 pages ; 24 cm

ISBN

9780804794633

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

Stanford University Press

City

Stanford, CA

Keywords

Mariticide, History, Mexico, Spain, Colombia, criminal justice

Disciplines

Criminal Law | Criminal Procedure | Law

Comments

Winner of the 2016 Murdo J. MacLeod Book Prize, sponsored by the Southern Historical Association, Latin American and Caribbean Section. Includes bibliographical references (pages 377-409) and index.