The Church Porch: Marriage and Architecture

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

The Church Porch: Marriage and Architecture

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This chapter seeks to answer the question about where marriages in the 12th century took place. Although several books have described and illustrated marriage rituals, the origin of these marriage rituals are still unknown and not fully established. This chapter seeks to look at how all marriage rituals came together in the Anglo-Norman rites and in pontifical and missals of Brittany, Normandy, and England. Particular attention is given to the structure of 12th-century churches and the existence of church porches which were assumed as appropriate setting for weddings and other liturgical functions.

Keywords: marriages; 12th century; marriage rituals; structure of churches; porches; church porches; wedding

Chapter.  3355 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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