The social analysis of early modern criminal records has reached a point of development sufficient for new perspectives to arise that explore the agency of individuals, families, and neighbors as well as that of the bureaucratic state. This book contributes to this important discussion with a qualitative and quantitative analysis of over three thousand cases from Spain's most influential civil and criminal court.
Dr. Fabio Lopez Lazaro is a professor in the History Department of Santa Clara University. He studied medieval and early modern European history at the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies where he received his Ph.D. in 1996.
Preface; Introduction: "The Public's Vengeance"; 1 Sin, Liability, and Crime: Early Modern Legal Attitudes; 2 "Monkeys in Ruffs": Public Spaces and the Agents of Prosecution; 3 "A House for Evil; A Dreadful Place": The Court and Its Jail; 4 "Penishment, not Punishment": Criminal Case Procedure; 5 "No Deceit Safe in Its Hiding Place": The Trial; 6 "Twisted Cucumbers": The Logic and Reform of Judgments; 7 "Acts of Desperation": The Crimes of Violence and Property; 8 "Weakness and Sensual Appetite": Rape and Sex Crimes; 9 A Disappearing Act: Domestic Disputes in the Court; 10 Theatricality and Human Blindness: Representations of Crime; Conclusions; Appendices; Bibliography; Index.