Medieval Marriage Medieval Marriage: Literary Approaches, 1100-1300 Literary Approaches, 1100-1300

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Juni 1997



Uses literary texts to trace the development of medieval thinking about marriage in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. This book takes into account not only important developments in theological and legal thinking about marriage during this period, but conventions such as 'courtly love', which affect its portrayal in literary texts.


Part 1 Perspectives upon medieval marriage: modern theories of medieval marriage - the two models; medieval theories of marriage - canon law and theology; Guilhem IX of Aquitaine - "champion of adultery"?; Andreas Capellanus - "adultery's legislator"? Part 2 Literary paradigms: "Ruodlieb"; "Le Mystere d'Adam"; "Erec et Enide"; the letters of Abelard and Heloise. Part 3 "The St Albans Psalter": the development of the legend of St Alexis; the "Chanson de St Alexis" and its treatment of marriage; St Alexis and Guy of Warwick; "The Life of St Christina of Markyate". Part 4 Corpus Christ College Cambridge MS 402 and Oxford Bodley MS 34 (the "AB-Group"): wooing - "Ancrene Wisse", Part VII; wooing - the "Lives" of Juliana, Margaret and Katherine; virginity and marriage - "Hali Meithhad". Part 5 Jesus College Oxford MS 29 and BL MS Cotton Caligula A9: the Middle English lyrics; Chardri - "Le Petit Plet"; "The Owl and the Nightingale" - introduction; the death of the nightingale; the nightingale's defence - ll 1331-1416; maidens and wives - ll 1417-1602.


This readable, intelligent study has many strengths: it contributes significantly to our understanding of medieval marriage. SPECULUM Complements recent historical studies on medieval marriage with painstaking and sensitive readings of early English and continental literary texts,. In so doing, it opens new windows onto the maginative and affective dimensions of (the) institution. MEDIUM AEVUM Pour la finesse de sa critique littEraire, pour la profondeur de son analyse historique, et pour sa richesse bibliographique, ce livre mErite d'Etre lu, relu, et mEditE. ETUDES ANGLAISES Fascinating study. STUDI MEDIEVALI
EAN: 9780859915120
ISBN: 0859915123
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1997
Seitenanzahl: 262 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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