Love and Marriage in the Middle Ages

Love and Marriage in the Middle Ages

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Examining the poetry and practice of courtly love and the mores of aristocratic marriages, this work shows that women were regarded as symbols, as figures of temptation who paradoxically had no desire of their own. It also argues that the structure of sexual relationships took its cue from the family and from feudalism. Duby reflects on general issues in the writing of cultural history, on the history of pain and heresy, and gives a personal view of the state of historical research in France over recent generations.
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  • Hardback | 231 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • French
  • 0745606814
  • 9780745606811

Table of contents

Part 1 Love and marriage: marriage in early medieval society; what do we know about love in 12th-century France?; the matron and the mismarried woman; on courtly love; "Le Roman de la Rose"; towards a history of women in France and Spain - conclusion of a colloquium. Part 2 Family structures: family structures in the West during the Middle Ages; an examination of aristocratic family structures in 11th-century France in relation to State structures; Philip Augustus' France - Social changes in aristocratic circles. Part 3 Culture, values and society: problems and methods in cultural history; the history of value systems; the Renaissance of the 12th century - audience and patronage; observations of physical pain in the Middle Ages; memories without historians; heresies and societies in pre-industrial Europe between the 10th and 18th centuries.
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