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Medieval Marriage: Symbolism and Society

David d'Avray


This study shows how marriage symbolism emerged from the world of texts to become a social force affecting ordinary people. The book covers the whole medieval period but identifies the decades around 1200 as decisive. New arguments for regarding preaching as a real mass medium in the period c.1200 onwards are presented, building on the author's Medieval Marriage Sermons (Oxford, 2001). In marriage sermons symbolism was crucial, but it also became a social force through law, and lay behind the combination of monogamy with indissolubility, which made the medieval Church's marriage system a uniqu ... More

Keywords: symbolism, celibacy, gender, Minor Orders, Gregorian Reform, apostolic penitentiary, canon law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780198208211
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208211.001.0001


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David d'Avray, author
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