Edward Behrend-Martínez

Professor of History 
Ph.D. (2002) in History, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Ed Behrend-Martínez has spent most of his life in various mid-western cities and now lives tucked in the green mountains of Western North Carolina. He married his fiancée of many years in 1997 and added her surname to his own, becoming Edward Behrend-Martínez. He and his wife, Abril Martínez-Behrend spent 2000-2001 in Northern Spain supported by a Fulbright scholarship. During that period Ed conducted research in Spanish archives for his book Unfit for Marriage: Impotent Husbands and Wives on Trial in the Basque Region of Spain 1650-1750 (Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, April, 2007). He is broadly interested in the everyday lives of early Modern Europeans, particularly Basques and Spaniards.  As an associate professor at Appalachian State University, Ed teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the History of Marriage, Spain, the Inquisition, and early modern Europe.  He has recently published works on male and female impotency court cases, early modern castration, and the Catholic Church's regulation of marriage and sex in the past.  He is currently working on a monograph about domestic violence in early modern Spain.


Recent Publications:

Unfit for Marriage: Impotent Spouses on Trial in the Basque Region of Spain, 1650-1750. University of Nevada Press, 2007.

"Making Sense of the History of Sex and Gender in Early Modern Spain." History Compass 7, no. 5 (2009): 1303-16.

"Female Sexual Potency in a Spanish Church Court, 1673-1735." Law & History Review, 24 (2006): 297-665.

"Manhood and the Neutered Body in Early Modern Spain." Journal of Social History 38, no. 4 (2005): 1073-93.

"An Early Modern Spanish 'Divorce Court' And the Rhetoric of Matrimony." Disciplines on the Line: Feminist Research on Spanish, Latin American, and US Latina Women. Juan de la Cuesta Press, 2003.