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By Maria Ågren

Among the 17th and 19th centuries, women's position within the Swedish economic system used to be renegotiated and reconceptualized. Maria Agren chronicles adjustments in married women's estate rights, revealing the tale of Swedish women's estate as not only an easy narrative of the erosion of criminal rights, yet a extra advanced story of unintentional consequences.

A public sphere of influence--including the wife's relatives and the neighborhood community--held sway over spousal estate rights all through lots of the 17th century, Agren argues. round 1700, a crusade to codify spousal estate rights as an arcanum domesticum, or household mystery, aimed to extend potency in felony selection making. New regulatory adjustments certainly lowered familial interference, yet in addition they made households much less prone to supply land to ladies.

The introduction of the print medium ushered estate concerns again into the general public sphere, this time on a countrywide scale, Agren explains. Mass politicization elevated sympathy for girls, and public debate popularized extra innovative principles concerning the financial contributions of ladies to marriage, resulting in mid-nineteenth-century criminal reforms that have been extra favorable to girls. Agren's paintings complements our knowing of ways societies have conceived of women's contributions to the elemental associations of marriage and the relatives, utilizing as an instance a rustic with far-reaching impression in the course of and after the Enlightenment.

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Even if the judges were outsiders to some extent, they did not accept being confronted with domestic secrets but carefully teased out all facts of the case. Older research has not always paid sufficient attention to the strong notion of female ownership and rights of inheritance that we find in early modern Sweden. In his influential and comprehensive compilation of information on noble estates, J. A. 29 This misunderstanding testifies to an incomplete knowledge of the law, but it is easy to see how it could arise.

The plaintiff was Pär’s grandson Erik Larsson, who adduced bördsrätt. It turned out that Pär Månsson’s parents had mortgaged the land long ago and that Pär had subsequently paid the debt without any help from his maternal uncle and aunt (which suggests that the land originally came from Pär’s mother’s family). Later in life, when he was old and so poor that he could not pay his taxes and was incarcerated for this reason, Pär decided to sell the land to Erik Mickelsson. Erik promised to take care of Pär and his wife until the end of their lives, a promise he faithfully honored.

1350, when Magnus Eriksson was king, but had been slightly revised in 1442, during the reign of Christopher of Bavaria. Thus, it was the legal code named after King ChrisÂ�topher that was applied in the courts throughout the seventeenth century and up until 1736, when the new code, ratified by the four estates in 1734, was put into practice. Naturally, these codes are also used as sources in this study, as are relevant statutory law and drafts of new legislation. In the eighteenth century, a new sort of “public sphere” emerged in Sweden.

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