Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages

Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages

Frances Gies, Joseph Gies


A compelling, lucid, and hugely readable chronicle of medieval lifestyles written by way of the authors of the bestselling Life in a Medieval Castle and Life in a Medieval City

Historians have only in the near past woke up to the significance of the family members, the elemental social unit all through human heritage. This ebook lines the improvement of marriage and the kin from the center a while to the early sleek period. It describes how the Roman and barbarian cultural streams merged lower than the impact of the Christian church to forge new thoughts, customs, legislation, and practices. Century through century it follows the advance -- occasionally sluggish, at different instances innovative -- of vital parts within the heritage of the family:

  • The simple capabilities of the kinfolk as creation unit, in addition to its non secular, social, judicial, and academic roles.
  • The shift of marriage from inner most association among households to public rite among members, and the changes in dowry, bride-price, and counter-dowry.
  • The improvement of consanguinity ideas and incest taboos in church legislation and lay custom.
  • The peasant family members in its various of being loose or unfree, negative, middling, or rich.
  • The aristocratic property, the matter of the more youthful son, and the disinheritance of daughters.
  • The Black dying and its long term results at the family.
  • Sex attitudes and customs: the consequences of adaptations in age of fellows and girls at marriage.
  • The altering actual surroundings of noble, peasant, and concrete families.
  • Arrangements by means of households for previous age and retirement.

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