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Readership: Academic historians of early modern France, but it should also be of interest to any historian of the early modern world, including specialists in Atlantic or Mediterranean history. It should be of general interest to legal historians; historians of gender, the family, and sexuality; and historians of politics and state development.
Matthew Gerber, Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado at Boulder
Assistant Professor of History, University of Colorado, Boulder
A Note on the Text
Introduction: Illegitimacy and the Political History of the Family
Part I: Stigmatizing the Bastard
Chapter One: Bastardy in Sixteenth-Century French Legal Doctrine and Practice
Chapter Two: Jurisprudential Reform of Illegitimacy in Seventeenth-Century France
Chapter Three: Royal Bastardy & Dynastic Crisis
Part II: Destigmatizing the Natural Child
Chapter Four: State Expansion, Social Practice, and the Quandaries of Legal Unification
Chapter Five: Redefining Social Interest: The Eighteenth-Century Foundling Crisis
Chapter Six: Illegitimacy and Legal Change in the French Enlightenment