The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Hardcover | June 29, 1989

byChristopher N. L. Brooke

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This wide-ranging book offers fascinating insights into the nature of marriage in the Middle Ages, both in its social, political, legal, and religious aspects, and its treatment in contemporary art and literature. From such major topics as the role of the Church fathers and the Bible, and the practice and law of marriage, to the cult of celibacy and the relationship between marriage and architecture, Professor Brooke's illuminating study offers the most complete account of medieval marriage ever published.He draws on a remarkable group of case studies and sources, including the letters of Heloise and Abelard, the epics of Wolfram von Eschenbach, and the poetry of Chaucer, and concludes with a penetrating look at the Arnolfini Marriage by Jan van Eyck.

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This wide-ranging book offers fascinating insights into the nature of marriage in the Middle Ages, both in its social, political, legal, and religious aspects, and its treatment in contemporary art and literature. From such major topics as the role of the Church fathers and the Bible, and the practice and law of marriage, to the cult ...

Christopher N. L. Brooke is at Gonville and Caius College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 0.85 × 0.55 × 1.02 inPublished:June 29, 1989Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198217773

ISBN - 13:9780198217770

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'a lucid and authoritative account of the development of the law and doctrine of marriage'D.G.J. Raraty, University of Leeds, History, No. 246, Feb 1991