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Unformatted text preview: therein perpetrates a dishonorable crime, the man who did this depending on the severity would be killed or exiled. Burgandian law however has a range of punishments depending on the extent of the sexual offense that range from repayment to the family of the women to allowing the family to do with the male whatever they saw fit. Compared to a lot of the other offenses possible, rape in the early medieval societies viewed it as a lesser crime than most crimes. The crimes that were more important to the people of this time period ranged from murder to adultery. One can tell that these were viewed more seriously by the drastic difference in the amount and the severity of the punishment for rape compared to that of other crimes. This leads me to believe that rape was not viewed as harshly within there society. Growing up in the United States, I feel most people today would group rape with the seriousness of murder....
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- Spring '08