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The Medieval Idea of Marriage$
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Christopher N. L. Brooke

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205043.001.0001

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The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Christopher N. L. Brooke

Oxford University Press

This book looks at marriage, particularly the marriage practices during the mid and late middle Ages. Different disciplines are used and put into play to describe and capture the image of medieval marriage. Among these disciplines, from which the book found its validity, are history, law, theology, literature, and art. The book covers the entire period of 1000 to 1500 with special emphasis on the 12th and 13th centuries. In this book, the themes of celibacy, marriage, and the significance of Church architecture to marriage are carefully analyzed. Several case-studies including the correspondences of Heloise and Abelard, the writings of Wolfram, the literature of Chaucer and the art of Jan van Eyck are used and referred to illustrate medieval marriage.

Keywords:   marriage, Middle Ages, late-Middle Ages, medieval marriage, celibacy, architecture and marriage, Heloise, Abelard, Chaucer, Jan van Eyck

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