Christopher N. L. Brooke

in The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Published in print June 1994 | ISBN: 9780198205043
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191676468 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks


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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

Chapter.  12890 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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