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  • Ius primae noctis: a legal or customary right to sexual relations with the newly-married wives of their underlings.

    March 25th, 2009

  • It reminds me of a feudal lord's underling trying to persuade the vassals of the benefits of la droit du seigneur (ius primae noctis for those who don't read French).

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  • April 2006: On welcoming the then newly elected female MP Mara Carfagna to parliament he joked: "I am obliged to remind you of a rule in the Forza Italia group, the jus primae noctis" (a Latin reference to the medieval "law of the first night" which gave the lord of an estate the right to "deflower" new brides)?

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  • Although the practice may have once existed in early pagan times and in some pagan cultures, there is scant evidence that feudal people of the medieval era made jus prima noctis a part of their lives.

    Jus Prima Noctis

  • The legend of the jus prima noctis began to flower when eighteenth century writers such as Voltaire and Beaumarchais used it to show the imagined tyranny of the old regime.

    Jus Prima Noctis

  • The legend of the jus prima noctis began to flower when eighteenth century writers such as Voltaire and Beaumarchais used it to show the imagined tyranny of the old regime.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • But I'd say most reputable historians today would agree that the jus primae noctis, in Europe anyway, was strictly a male fantasy.

    Jus Prima Noctis

  • Many scholars claim that there was no such law, called droit de seigneur or jus primae noctis, passed at any time in the Middle Ages.

    Jus Prima Noctis

  • Although the practice may have once existed in early pagan times and in some pagan cultures, there is scant evidence that feudal people of the medieval era made jus prima noctis a part of their lives.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • But I'd say most reputable historians today would agree that the jus primae noctis, in Europe anyway, was strictly a male fantasy.

    Archive 2009-07-01

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