Rape Romance: The pastourelle, a genre of medieval French literature, eroticizes the idea of rape across class lines. In this type of poem, a knight meets a shepherdess and tries to seduce her. In some, she consents; in others, he attempts to rape her but a shepherd defends her; and in thirty-eight of the one hundred and 60 extant pastourelles, he rapes her. The same sorts of language are used for the rape and the seduction. Because the woman is simply a shepherdess, her consent did not matter that much. In one poem, for example, the speaker says, “When I saw that neither by my pleas nor my promises of jewels could imagine she was to have great pleasure, but sighed, clenched her fists, tore her hair, and tried to escape.” Nevertheless she ends up enjoying it: “As I was leaving she said to me, ‘Sire, come back this way often.” The pastourelles project class conflict on to the body of the peasant woman: the lords screw the peasants, and the peasants don’t mind. Similarly, in Andreas Capellanus’[s 12th century Art of Love, he provides advice to men on how to woo women of different classes, but when it comes to peasant women, he urges his implicity aristocratic reader simply: “when you find a convenient place, do not hesitate to take what you seek and to embrace them by force,” since peasants cannot be persuaded by words. This passage may be intended highly ironically, but it finds many later echoes.
Romance, too, normalizes rape. The 12th century French author Chretien de Troyes, in his Lancelot, explains the customs of the (fictional) kingdom of Logres: “At that period the customs and rights decreed that a knight, finding a damsel or girl alone, if he wished to keep his good reputation, would no more treat her with less than total honour than he would cut his own throat; and should he rape her, he would be disgraced forever in all courts. But if she had an escort, then another person wishing to fight a combat with him for her and win her by force of arms would be able to have his will of her without incurring and shame or reproach.” This, of course is not an actual law of any European jurisdiction. It does, however, indicate that what counts in the romance world is not the woman’s desires but male etiquette. One cannot rape a lone woman, but if one defeats her defender in a fair fight, then one may. Rape was not only a literary phenomenon, it was part of men’s and women’s lived experience. 
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