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March 8, 2022

Abduction, Marriage and Consent in the Middle Ages

What did it mean to abduct your fiancé? Lucie Laumonier talks with Chanelle Delameillieure about marriage and consent in the late medieval Low Countries. We learn that consented abductions were a thing, but that they could lead to contentious outcomes!

Chanelle Delameillieure is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Leuven, in Belgium, currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the United States. She defended her dissertation in 2020, titled Contentious Consent. Abduction, Control over Marriage and Legal Strategy in the Late Medieval Low Countries. You can learn more about Chanelle’s research on her university webpage or follow her on Twitter @Chanelle_Delam

Chanelle recommends the following works:

Deborah Youngs and Teresa Phipps (eds). Litigating Women: Gender and Justice in Europe, C.1300-C.1800 (Routledge, 2022)

Caroline Dunn, Stolen Women in Medieval England: Rape, Abduction, and Adultery, 1100–1500 (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

Shannon McSheffrey. Marriage, Sex and Civic Culture in Late Medieval London (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006)

See also: The Cousin and the Maidservant: A Florentine Scandal

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Lucie Laumonier is an affiliate assistant professor at Concordia University. Click here to view her page or follow her on Instagram at The French Medievalist. She is also a columnist on, writing about agriculture and rural life in the Middle Ages.

The music in this podcast is La douce jouvencelle

Top Image: British Library Royal 10 E IV f. 229v March 7, 2022 at 11:39PM

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