Love, Sex and Marriage in the Middle Ages [NOOK Book]

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Including many texts available for the first time in modern English translation, Conor McCarthy brings together a wide array of writings as well as informative introductions and explanations, to give a vivid impression of how love, sex and marriage were dealt with as central issues of medieval life.

With extracts from literary and theological works, medical and legal writings, conduct books, chronicles and love letters, the writings range from well known texts such as the ...

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Overview

Including many texts available for the first time in modern English translation, Conor McCarthy brings together a wide array of writings as well as informative introductions and explanations, to give a vivid impression of how love, sex and marriage were dealt with as central issues of medieval life.

With extracts from literary and theological works, medical and legal writings, conduct books, chronicles and love letters, the writings range from well known texts such as the Letters of Abelard and Heloise, Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales to less familiar sources such as church legislation or court case proceedings.

An indispensable sourcebook for all students and teachers of medieval history, literature and culture, Love, Sex and Marriage in the Middle Ages contains a wide breadth of material showing the diverse and sometimes disparate approaches to love, sex and marriage in medieval culture, brilliantly illustrating contemporary attitudes and ideologies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134397709
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 309
  • Sales rank: 1,288,991
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Conor McCarthy has published numerous articles on the history and literature of the Middle Ages, and has taught at universities in Ireland and England.
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Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 Augustine of Hippo, Confessions 29
2 Augustine of Hippo, The Excellence of Marriage 30
3 Augustine of Hippo, Holy Virginity 34
4 Augustine of Hippo, The Excellence of Widowhood 35
5 Augustine of Hippo, The City of God 36
6 Jerome, Against Jovinian 41
7 The Penitential of Theodore 44
8 Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People 53
9 The Law of the Northumbrian Priests 60
10 Gratian, Decretum 61
11 Peter Lombard, Sentences 62
12 Decretals of Gregory IX 63
13 Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae 64
14 The Fourth Lateran Council 68
15 English Ecclesiastical Statutes 72
16 Late Medieval Marriage Vows 83
17 An Ecclesiastical Court Case from the Province of Canterbury 83
18 Two Cases from an Episcopal Visitation of Canterbury Diocese 88
19 A Rural Dean's Court 89
20 Laws of Aethelbert of Kent 97
21 Laws of Ine of Wessex 99
22 Laws of King Alfred 100
23 Laws of King Canute 102
24 Concerning the Betrothal of a Woman 105
25 Old English Marriage Agreements 106
26 Coronation Charter of Henry I 108
27 Magna Carta 109
28 Statutes of Westminster I 110
29 Statutes of Westminster II 110
30 Glanvill 112
31 Bracton 115
32 Britton 121
33 English Customary Laws 121
34 Cases from the Manorial Courts 123
35 The Case of John/Eleanor Rykener 126
36 The Life of Christina of Markyate 134
37 Jacques de Vitry, The Life of Mary of Oignies 137
38 St. Bridget (Birgitta) of Sweden, Liber Celestis 138
39 The Book of Margery Kempe 139
40 Letters of Abelard and Heloise 146
41 The Paston Letters 149
42 Chronicle of Richard of Devizes 152
43 Giraldus Cambrensis, The History and Topography of Ireland 153
44 Annals of the Friars Minor of Colmar 155
45 Jean Froissart, Chronicles 156
46 Holy Virginity (Hali Mei[delta]had) 159
47 Book of the Knight of La Tour Landry 159
48 The Menagier of Paris, Manual for his Wife 160
49 Beowulf 167
50 The Wife's Lament 168
51 The Husband's Message 169
52 Wulf and Eadwacer 171
53 Riddles 25, 44, 45 172
54 Judith 173
55 Andreas Capellanus, De Amore 174
56 Alan of Lille, The Plaint of Nature 177
57 De Coniuge Non Ducenda 179
58 Etienne de Fougeres, Livre de Manieres 183
59 Marie de France, Yonec 184
60 Guillaume de Lorris and Jean De Meun, The Romance of the Rose 191
61 Jean Bodel, The Peasant from Bailleul 195
62 Christine de Pizan, The Tale of Griselda 198
63 The Debate on the Rose 203
64 Francois Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel 206
65 Middle English Lyrics 208
66 In the Ecclesiastical Court 210
67 The Owl and the Nightingale 213
68 Cleanness 215
69 John Gower, Confessio Amantis 216
70 Geoffrey Chaucer, Portrait of the Pardoner 219
71 Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath's Prologue 220
72 Geoffrey Chaucer, 'Envoy a Bukton' 241
73 William Langland, Piers Plowman 242
74 Ballad of the Tyrannical Husband 245
75 Thomas Hoccleve, Letter of Cupid 249
76 William Dunbar, Upon the Midsummer's Eve, Merriest of Nights 250
77 Trotula 259
78 Pseudo-Albertus Magnus, De Secretis Mulierum 262
79 Avicenna, A Treatise on Love 266
80 Constantine Africanus, Viaticum 268
81 Gerard of Berry, Glosses on the Viaticum 269
82 Peter of Spain, Questions on the Viaticum (Version A) 270
83 Bona Fortuna, Treatise on the Viaticum 271
84 Geoffrey Chaucer, The Knight's Tale 272
Bibliography 274
Index 285
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    While I'm no expert (yet) on the subject of sex or marriage, for modern or medieval times, it's something I find very interesting. "Love, Sex, and Marriage in the Middle Ages" delves deep into the social stigma, religious views, diseases, and all the rest. It's an exploratory piece of work which cites plenty of research including court texts, religious writings, letters, and more to cover all aspects of love in the middle ages.

    If you want to use this sourcebook for your own research, it is nicely structured for that and includes an extensive bibliography. McCarthy's writing style is informative yet engaging and not likely to bore as he tends to guide rather than lecture the reader. Another valuable, related text is Sexuality: An Illustrated History - although dry, the information is there!

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