JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Re: Le droit du Seigneur #general


Roger Lustig <julierog@...>
 

It's actually very difficult to find evidence of the existence of this
custom *anywhere*, especially in the last 7 or 8 centuries. Where it
did exist, it was generally an excuse for levying fines or taxes
"instead".

But it makes for a great plot device in plays and operas!

Roger Lustig
Princeton, NJ
researching Upper Silesia, where liquor taxes were far more profitable

Flashman Morochnick wrote:
There is a tale told in my family of the deflowerment of one of my

direct ancestors by the local noble at the turn of the 20th century.
Would anyone know if Le droit du Seigneur or priviliege of the first
night was actually practiced in the Russian Empire on Jewish brides
during the late 19th, early 20th century?

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