The Medieval Idea of Marriage

The Medieval Idea of Marriage

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This book offers an insight into the nature of medieval marriage in the period 1000 to 1500, with special emphasis on the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. In order to penetrate the inwardness of marriage, Professor Brooke has used the methods of social, religious, political, and legal history, and other disciplines - art, literature, and theology. He surveys current approaches to the idea of marriage, draws in the Bible and the church fathers, and explores aspects of the practice and law of marriage. The cult of celibacy in the eleventh and twelth centuries, and the relationship between marriage and architecture are two of the themes treated in this wide-ranging study. Professor Brooke draws on a group of case studies, and sources, including the letters of Heloise and Abelard, the epics of Wolfram vol Eschenbach, and the poetry of Chaucer. In studying the history of Christian marriage, the author looks right into the human experiences within a family and within a marriage. He concludes with a chapter on the theology of marriage, and a look at the Arnolfini marriage by Jan Van more

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  • Paperback | 343 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 19mm | 246g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • illustrations, bibliography, index
  • 0192852396
  • 9780192852397

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Approaches; the inheritance, Christian and Roman; the cult of celibacy in the 11th and 12th centuries; the correspondence of Heloise and Abelard; the marriage of Heloise and Abelard; marriage in law and practice; the use of literay evidence for the history of marriage - Wolfram von Eschenbach; the witness of Chaucer; love and marriage in Shakespeare; the church porch - marriage and architecture; towards a theology of more

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