By Zubin Mistry
Whilst a Spanish monk struggled to discover the precise phrases to exhibit his unjust expulsion from a monastery in a determined petition to a sixth-century king, he likened himself to an aborted fetus. Centuries later, a ninth-century queen came upon herself accused of abortion in an altogether extra fleshly feel. Abortion haunts the written checklist around the early center a long time. but, the centuries after the autumn of Rome stay a great deal the "dark a while" within the broader historical past of abortion.
This e-book, the 1st to regard the topic during this interval, tells the tale of the way members and groups, ecclesiastical and secular experts, construed abortion as a social and ethical challenge throughout a few post-Roman societies, together with Visigothic Spain, Merovingian Gaul, early eire, Anglo-Saxon England and the Carolingian empire. It argues early medieval authors and readers actively deliberated on abortion and a cluster of similar questions, and that church culture on abortion was once an evolving perform. It sheds gentle at the ignored number of responses to abortion generated via assorted social and highbrow practices, together with church self-discipline, dispute cost and methods of political legitimation, and brings the background of abortion into dialog with key questions on gender, sexuality, Christianization, penance and legislation. Ranging throughout abortion miracles in hagiography, polemical letters during which churchmen likened opponents to fetuses flung from the womb of the church and uncomfortable imaginings of resurrected fetuses in theological hypothesis, this quantity additionally illuminates the complicated cultural importance of abortion in early medieval societies.
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His wife Fausta died in 326 after suffocating in a hot bath. 1 (1998), 70–86, has proposed the theory that Fausta was pregnant with the child of Constantine’s eldest son (Fausta’s step-son) Crispus, who was executed the same year; and, perhaps coerced by Constantine, she had died in a failed abortion attempt (some medical texts, including Soranus’s Gynecology, included immersion in hot water in abortifacient prescriptions). 24 Cf. Elsakkers, RBL, p. 334. 25 The Oath prohibited giving a destructive or abortifacient pessary (pesson phthorion) to a woman.
148–52; K. Harper, Slavery in the Late Roman World, AD 275–425 (Cambridge, 2011), pp. 391–423. indd 27 19/06/2015 14:12 Abortion in the Early Middle Ages no clear equivalents on abortion were issued. The closest thing to new legislation on abortion appeared in late Roman imperial legislation on divorce and remarriage, which possibly had abortion in mind. The sixth-century legal compilation, the Novellae, reiterated a law of Theodosius II (d. 450) which granted a husband the right to divorce his wife if she was guilty of specific offences, including being a druggist or poisoner (venefica).
216–17; cf. Kapparis, Abortion, pp. 193–4. 39 (= Tryphoninus, Disputationes 10), IV, p. 854. 8, IV, p. 820. 1–15, II, pp. 740–2: a man accused his ex-wife of being pregnant, which she denied. indd 26 19/06/2015 14:12 Classical and Late Antique Society The second legal approach focussed on the use and abuse of drugs, venenae, a term which could also mean poisons. 20 The third-century jurist Paulus brought supply of specifically abortifacient drugs within the remit of the law. Anyone who dispensed an abortifacient or aphrodisiac drink (abortionis aut amatorium poculum) was liable to be sent to the mines or, if from the upper class, exiled to an island because, ‘although [perpetrators] may do no harm, nonetheless … the matter sets a bad example’.