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

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


This quantity analyzes how, why, and while pre-modern Europeans documented their marriages - via estate settlements, prenuptial contracts, courtroom testimony, church weddings, and extra. The authors examine either the functionality of documentation within the technique of marrying and what the surviving records say approximately pre-modern marriage. After interpreting the rules of Western marriage set through Roman legislation and Patristic theology, the chapters supply shiny case stories of marital files and practices in medieval France, England, Iceland, and eire, and in Renaissance Florence, Douai, and Geneva.

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