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Resolutions II


Alongside the judicial settlements we discussed in the previous seminar, other forms of resolutions were widespread in early modern Europe. These include mediation, reconciliation, feuding, and dueling. We will examine these processes in this seminar.

Seminar Questions

How were mediation and reconciliation used in early modern Europe?

What were the forms and nature of feuds and duels in early modern Europe?

Required Reading

Each student should read Stephen Cummins and Laura Kounine, eds, Cultures of Conflict Resolution in Early Modern Europe (Farnham, 2015), Introduction AND two articles or book chapters from the items below:

Boes, Maria R., Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Germany: courts and adjudicatory practices in Frankfurt am Main, 1562-1696 (Farnham, 2013)

Carroll, Stuart, 'Revenge and Reconciliation in Early Modern Italy', Past & Present 233/1 (2016),101–142.

Cronin, John Jeremiah, 'Honour, Duelling and Royal Power in Exile : a case-study of the banished Caroline Stuart Court, c.1649-c.1660', Crime, History and Societies 17/2 (2013), 47-69.

Hughes, Steven C., 'Soldiers and Gentlemen: The Rise of the Duel in Renaissance Italy', Journal of Medieval Military History 5 (2007), 99–152.

Kiernan, V.G., The Duel in European History: Honour and the Reign of Aristocracy (Oxford, 1988)

King, Emily L., Civil Vengeance : Literature, Culture, and Early Modern Revenge (Cornell, 2019)

Mantecon, Tomas A., 'Justice and the Confines of the Law in Early Modern Spain', in Griet Vermeesch, Manon van der Heijden, and Jaco Zuijderduijn, eds, The Uses of Justice in Global Perspective, 1600-1900 (London, 2019), pp. 165-182.

Muir, Edward, Mad Blood Stirring: Vendetta in Renaissance Italy (Baltimore, 1998), Chapters Five and Six.

Peltonen, Markku, The Duel in Early Modern England: Civility, Politeness and Honour (Cambridge, 2003)

Schwerhoff, Gerd, 'Early Modern Violence and the Honour Code : From Social Integration to Social Distinction?', Crime, History and Societies 17/2 (2013), 27-46.

Taylor, Scott K., Honor and Violence in Golden Age Spain (New Haven, 2008)

Weinstein, Donald, The Captain’s Concubine: Love, Honor, and Violence in Renaissance Tuscany (Baltimore, 2000)

Further Reading

Anglo, Sydney, The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe (New Haven, 2000)

Astarita, Tommaso, Village Justice: Community, Family, and Popular Culture in Early Modern Italy (Baltimore, 1999)

Brown, Keith, M., Bloodfeud in Scotland 1573-1625: Violence, Justice and Politics in an Early Modern Society (Edinburgh, 1986)

Frevert, Ute, ‘The Taming of the Noble Ruffian: Male Violence and Dueling in Early Modern and Modern Germany’, in Pieter Spierenburg, ed., Men and Violence: Gender, Honor, and Rituals in Modern Europe and America (Columbus, OH, 1998), pp. 37-63.

Manning, Roger B., Swordsmen: the Martial Ethos in the Three Kingdoms (New York, 2003)

Spierenburg, Pieter, ‘Knife Fighting and Popular Codes of Honor in Early Modern Amsterdam’, in Pieter Spierenburg, ed., Men and Violence: Gender, Honor, and Rituals in Modern Europe and America (Columbus, OH, 1998), pp. 103-27.