Includes bibliographical references (pages 247-254) and indexes.
1. Courtship, Seduction, and Abandonment -- 2. Carnal Knowledge: The Language of Sex -- 3. Coercion, Violence, and Subordination -- 4. A pan y cuchillo: Cohabitation -- 5. Litigating Honour/Dishonour -- Conclusion -- App. A. Legal Spheres and Sources -- App. B. Difloration, Dowry, and the Vizcayan Fueros -- App. C. Cohabitation and the Vizcayan Fueros.
Based on approx. 350 lawsuits from the Sala de Vizcaya at the Archivo de la Real Chancillerâia de Valladolid, between 1500 and 1750.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 790-795) and index.
pt. I. On freedom -- pt. II. Why laws against consensual activities are not a good idea -- pt. III. How did consensual crimes become crimes? -- pt. IV. Consensual crimes and the Bible -- pt. V. The consensual crimes: a closer look -- pt. VI. Questions answered, answers questioned -- pt. VII. What to do?
McWilliams derides laws against "victimless crimes" like gambling, drug use, prostitution, homosexuality, and seat belt laws.