The Remarkable Role of Women in 16th Century French Basque Law Codes
Frank, Roslyn M. and Lowenberg, Shelley (University of Iowa)
Proceedings of the Western Society for French History, Vol. IV, Santa Barbara, California, (1977)
In the first paper of this three-part presentation entitled “Research on the Role of Women in French Basque Culture,” we shall limit ourselves to describing the role of the Basque woman as it was portrayed by the law codes of the three Basque provinces of Labourd, Basse-Navarre and Soule. Although we shall be utilizing the French text of these codes in this presentation, in all cases where the original Bearnaise texts were available, the French translations were checked for accuracy against the originals. In addition to examining the codes themselves, we also consulted numerous commentaries on French Basque law, as well as studies dedicated to the law codes of the other Basque Provinces in Spain, i.e., Alaba, Guipuzcoa, Vizcaya and Navarre. Whenever possible the original versions of the Spanish Basque law codes were also consulted.