Marriage, Family, and Law in Medieval Europe: Collected Studies by Michael M. SheehanMarriage, Family, and Law in Medieval Europe: Collected Studies by Michael M. Sheehan

Marriage, Family, and Law in Medieval Europe: Collected Studies

byMichael M. SheehanEditorJames Farge

Paperback | September 13, 1997

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The family has become a subject of increasing scrutiny in recent years, giving special relevance to this work by the late Michael Sheehan. Collected here for the first time, Sheehan's papers contain the fruits of a forty-year-long career of archival research and interpretation of documents on property, marriage, family, sexuality, and law in medieval Europe. Marked by an early orientation and developing focus on the status of women in the Middle Ages, the work of Michael Sheehan displays a unique tapestry of the social and legal realities of medieval marriages and family life.

Sheehan's research focused on the parallel study and interpretation of Church law and cases drawn from ecclesiastical court registers. By analysing the emergence of the last will as a legal and social document, he brought a new interpretation to the definition and codification of Christian marriage and the family and how these institutions functioned in society. Although his approach was largely by way of canon law, he was invariably at pins to incorporate solid support from such related fields as theology, the social and popular history of religion, and the history of sexuality and sexual behaviour. As a result, these essays throw light on many social realities in medieval Europe and illustrate the development of a methodology for others to follow.

Michael M. Sheehan was Senior Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto. James K. Farge is a senior fellow and librarian at the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto.
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Title:Marriage, Family, and Law in Medieval Europe: Collected StudiesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:362 pages, 8.99 × 5.94 × 1.08 inPublished:September 13, 1997Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

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Revealing the mysteries of social reality in medieval Europe, Michael Sheehan's essays are both fascinating reading for any student of this period. Marriage, Family, and Law in Medieval Europe contains the fruits of a forty-year-long career in which Sheehan's papers display a unique tapestry of the social and legal realities of medieval marriages and family life.

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The family has become a subject of increasing scrutiny in recent years, giving special relevance to this work by the late Michael Sheehan. Collected here for the first time, Sheehan's papers contain the fruits of a forty-year-long career of archival research and interpretation of documents on property, marriage, family, sexuality, and law in medieval Europe. Marked by an early orientation and developing focus on the status of women in the Middle Ages, the work of Michael Sheehan displays a unique tapestry of the social and legal realities of medieval marriages and family life.Sheehan's research focused on the parallel study and interpretation of Church law and cases drawn from ecclesiastical court registers. By analysing the emergence of the last will as a legal and social document, he brought a new interpretation to the definition and codification of Christian marriage and the family and how these institutions functioned in society. Although his approach was largely by way of canon law, he was invariably at pins to incorporate solid support from such related fields as theology, the social and popular history of religion, and the history of sexuality and sexual behaviour. As a result, these essays throw light on many social realities in medieval Europe and illustrate the development of a methodology for others to follow.'Michael's work has had a profound effect on my own...and I find myself constantly returning to [it]. Each time I find new material and new insights. Michael's work also affected numerous others. It has not been superseded; it is not out-of-date. It deserves to be published as a corpus.' - Charles Donahue, Jr., Professor of Law, Harvard Law School