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The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Christopher N. L. Brooke

Abstract

‘What is marriage and what sets it apart from other human relationships?’ These are the key questions which this book addresses in this study of marriage in the medieval world. It draws on many disciplines — history, art, theology, and literature — in order to penetrate the special character of marriage. The book covers the entire period from 1000 to 1500, with special emphasis on the 12th and 13th centuries. Among the themes treated in this study are the cult of celibacy and the relationship between marriage and architecture. The book draws on case-studies and sources, including the letters o ... More

Keywords: marriage, medieval world, 1000 to 1500, cult of celibacy, celibacy, theology of marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198205043
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205043.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher N. L. Brooke, author
Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge