To Have and to Hold: Marrying and Its Documentation in Western Christendom, 400-1600

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Januar 2007



This volume analyzes how, why, and when pre-modern Europeans documented their marriages - through property deeds, marital settlements, dotal charters, church court depositions, wedding liturgies, and other indicia of marital consent. The authors consider both the function of documentation in the process of marrying and what the surviving documents say about pre-modern marriage and how people in the day understood it. Drawing on archival evidence from classical Rome, medieval France, England, Iceland, and Ireland, and Renaissance Florence, Douai, and Geneva, the volume provides a rich interdisciplinary analysis of the range of marital customs, laws, and practices in Western Christendom. The chapters include freshly translated specimen documents that bring the reader closer to the actual practice of marrying than the normative literature of pre-modern theology and canon law.


1. Marrying and its documentation in pre-modern Europe: consent, celebration, and property Philip L. Reynolds; 2. Marrying and its documentation in later Roman law Judith Evans-Grubbs; 3. Marrying and the tabulae nuptiales in Roman North Africa from Tertullian to Augustine David G. Hunter; 4. Dotal Charters in the Frankish tradition Philip L. Reynolds; 5. Marriage and diplomatics: five Dower Charters from the regions of Laon and Soissons, 1163–1181 Laurent Morelle; 6. Marriage agreements from twelfth-century Southern France Cynthia Johnson; 7. Marriage contracts in Medieval England R. H. Helmholz; 8. Marriage contracts and the church courts of fourteenth-century England Frederik Pedersen; 9. Marrying and marriage litigation in Medieval Ireland Art Cosgrove; 10. Marriage contracts in Medieval Iceland Agnes S. Arnórsdóttir; 11. Contracting marriage in Renaissance Florence Thomas J. Kuehn; 12. Marital property law as sociocultural text: the case of Late-Medieval Douai Martha C. Howell; 13. Marriage contracts, liturgies, and properties in Reformation Geneva John Witte, Jr.; Index.


Philip L. Reynolds is Aquinas Professor of Historical Theology in the Candler School of Theology at Emory University and Senior Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He is the author of the book, Marriage in the Western Church: The Christianization of Marriage During Patristic Times and Early Medieval Periods, which is widely cited as the leading text on marriage in the first millennium of the Christian era, and scores of scholarly articles published in leading medieval journals. John Witte, Jr. is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. A world class scholar of legal history, marriage, and religious liberty, he has published 120 articles, 8 journal symposia, and 18 books including Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment. His writings have appeared in German, French, Italian, Hebrew, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, and Romanian translations.


"...(T)he volume offers a rich analysis of marriage in the West and provides a particularly useful resource to the academic and less specialized audiences." Cristina Mitrovici, Comitatus ...a marvelous contribution to our understanding of medieval marriage traditions based on an analysis of the documents that preserve them." --Journal of Interdisciplinary Hisotry
EAN: 9780521867368
ISBN: 0521867363
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2007
Seitenanzahl: 519 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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