During the Renaissance, rape was not recognized in the contextual mindscape that it is today. Rape was seen as a dishonorable stamp on the family and the families name. If rape occurred, it wasn't uncommon for the offender to marry the victim, therefore making it right in the eyes of the family, the court, and as was thought at the time, in the eyes of God. Rape of a woman who was no longer a virgin was almost considered not to be a crime, whilst rape of a woman who was a virgin, was considered ...
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