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Marriage Disputes -  Pedersen

Marriage Disputes

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Intimate details about the personal lives of medieval people are frustratingly rare. We seldom know what the men and women of the middle ages thought about marriage, let alone about sex. The records of the church courts of the province of York, mainly dating from the fourteenth century, provides a welcome light on private, family life and on individual reactions to it. They include a wide range of fascinating cases involving disputes about the validity of marriage, consent, sex, marital violence, impotence and property disputes. They also show how widely the laws of marriage were both known and accepted. Marriage Disputes in Medieval England offers a remarkable insight into personal life in the middle ages.

'Then Maud said, "God forbid that you should have the power to know me carnally unless you will marry me". Robert answered, "Behold my oath that if I take anyone to be my wife I will take you if you will yield to me". Maud answered, "Behold my oath that I will be at your disposal". And Robert took her in his arms and threw her to the ground in "Le Kowbos" and knew her carnally.' --Maud Schipyn and Robert Smyth, October 17, 1355

Preface
Medieval Marriagep. 1
Romeo and Juliet of Stonegatep. 25
Lay Knowledge of the Law Marriagep. 59
Lawyers in the Northern Provincep. 85
The Laity and Church Courtsp. 105
Courts and Communitiesp. 119
Uses and Abusesp. 139
Marital Affectionp. 153
Demography and the Courtsp. 177
The Courts and Medieval Marriagep. 209
Bibliographyp. 217
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9781852851989
ISBN-10: 1852851988
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1