Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index


  • Record Number: 33298
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Courtemanche , Andrée and Steven Bednarski
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  • Title: "Sadly and with a Bitter Heart": What the Caesarean Section Meant in the Middle Ages
  • Source: Florilegium 28, ( 2011): Pages 33 - 69.
  • Description: When Catarino Fabri died in childbirth in Manosque, Provence in 1473, her husband, Nicoulau, had her cut open to find the fetus. Nicoulau may have been concerned about the baby's fate in the hereafter. This was a sectio in mortua, not a Caesarean birth, and was done for the purpose of baptizing the child. The article concludes with an edited version and translation of the notarial document about the sectio in mortua
  • Article Type: Journal Article
  • Subject (See Also): Baptisms Caesarean Birth Childbirth Dissection Fabri, Catarino Gynecology Infants Mothers Notaries Surgery
  • Geographic Area: France
  • Century: 15
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  • Primary Evidence: Legal document; Notarized act authorizing a sectio in mortua for the deceased Catarino Fabri at the request of her husband Nicoulau. The notary public, Louis Fabri, prepared the document in Volx on August 13, 1473. Archives départementales des Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Series 2E, Register 2920, fols. 60v-61.
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  • Author's Affiliation: St. Jerome's University in the University of Waterloo [Bednarski]; Université Laval [Courtemanche]
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  • Year of Publication: 2011.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 07095201
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