After all, Corday had already painted him an adulterer.
the adulterer, ravisher, &c. A man could not be convicted of theft unless the goods were found in his possession.
An adulterer was always liable to be killed by the aggrieved husband, or by some member of his clan.
27 sqq., vii.) treats the offence as a sin against the offender himself, an act of suicidal folly, the punishment coming sometimes from the jealous husband, but chiefly in the way of the physical depravation and social ignominy that befall the adulterer.
For other grave sins the baptized person was allowed to undergo discipline once, but only once in his life; if he relapsed again, he must remain excommunicate like the adulterer.