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This front matter section of the book A Punishment for Each Criminal contains the table of contents, acknowledgements and the principal abbreviations used in the book. The book examines the various ways in which gender influenced the Swedish medieval law codes. It explores how ideas of gender affected both how crimes were described and how they were to be punished. The book examines the development of female criminal liability in medieval Sweden and the reasons why women seemingly were made criminally liable for some crimes but not for others. Women were punished more leniently than men for certain crimes, although the law clearly stated that women were to be held equally responsible for the crimes.

Keywords: female criminal liability; medieval law codes; Sweden



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