Spiritual Marriage: Sexual Abstinence in Medieval Wedlock / Edition 1

Spiritual Marriage: Sexual Abstinence in Medieval Wedlock / Edition 1

by Dyan Elliot
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691010889

ISBN-13: 9780691010885

Pub. Date: 10/16/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The early Christian and medieval practice of spiritual marriage, in which husband and wife mutually and voluntarily relinquish sexual activity for reasons of piety, plays an important role in the development of the institution of marriage and in the understanding of female religiosity. Drawing on hagiography, chronicles, theology, canon law, and pastoral sources,

Overview

The early Christian and medieval practice of spiritual marriage, in which husband and wife mutually and voluntarily relinquish sexual activity for reasons of piety, plays an important role in the development of the institution of marriage and in the understanding of female religiosity. Drawing on hagiography, chronicles, theology, canon law, and pastoral sources, Dyan Elliott traces the history of spiritual marriage in the West from apostolic times to the beginning of the sixteenth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691010885
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/16/1995
Edition description:
REISSUE
Pages:
390
Product dimensions:
8.24(w) x 7.94(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction3
1"A Place in the Middle": Intramarital Chastity as Theoretical Embarrassment and Provocation16
2Spiritual Marriage as Insoluble Problem or Universal Nostrum?51
3Eleventh-Century Boundaries: The Spirit of Reform and the Cult of the Virgin King94
4The Conjugal Debt and Vows of Chastity: The Theoretical and Pastoral Discourse of the High and Later Middle Ages132
5Spiritual Marriage and the Penitential Ethos195
6Virgin Wives266
Conclusion297
Appendixes303
Select Bibliography321
Index355

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