Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2017.
Book — vii, 324 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
The historical and social context of the Yuan dianzhang
Yuan administration and the legal system
Origins, contents, and transmission of the Yuan dianzhang
Notes on the translation
Sections 1-2 : marriage rites and exchanges; getting married
Sections 3-5 : marriage between officials and commoners; marriages of military personnel; divorce
Sections 6-8 : when the husband dies; levirate marriage approved; no levirate marriage
Sections 9-12 : secondary wives; marriage between slaves and commoners; marriage of entertainers; marriage during the mourning period.
These thirteenth-century legal cases from the classic compendium Yuan dianzhang reveal the complex, contradictory inner workings of the Mongol-Yuan legal system, as seen through the prism of divorce, adultery, rape, wife-selling, and other marital disputes. Bettine Birge offers a meticulously annotated translation and analysis. (source: Nielsen Book Data)