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Marriage in Medieval England : Law, Literature and Practice - Conor McCarthy

Marriage in Medieval England

Law, Literature and Practice

Hardcover Published: 1st November 2004
ISBN: 9781843831020
Number Of Pages: 194

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Medieval marriage has been widely discussed, and this book gives a brief and accessible overview of an important subject. It covers the entire medieval period, and engages with a wide range of primary sources, both legal and literary. It draws particular attention to local English legislation and practice, and offers some new readings of medieval English literary texts, including Beowulf, the works of Chaucer, Langland's Piers Plowman, the Book of Margery Kempe and the Paston Letters. Focusing on a number of key themes important across the period, individual chapters discuss the themes of consent, property, alliance, love, sex, family, divorce and widowhood.

CONOR MCCARTHY gained his PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

An ambitious, careful and well-researched account that introduces a new level of juridical subtlety to the analysis of a wide range of medieval marriage texts and provides an insightful characterization of specific tensions within marriage laws and theology. MEDIEVAL REVIEW

The principle of consentp. 19
Marriage and propertyp. 51
Marriage as alliancep. 78
Love and marriagep. 92
Marital sexp. 107
Marriage and familyp. 126
After marriagep. 139
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ISBN: 9781843831020
ISBN-10: 1843831023
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.46