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Bigamy and Christian identity in late medieval Champagne

Author: Sara McDougall
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2012.
Series: Middle Ages series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The institution of marriage is commonly thought to have fallen into crisis in late medieval northern France. While prior scholarship has identified the pervasiveness of clandestine marriage as the cause, Sara McDougall contends that the pressure came overwhelmingly from the prevalence of remarriage in violation of the Christian ban on divorce, a practice we might call "bigamy." Throughout the fifteenth century in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2011043926
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Sara McDougall
ISBN: 9780812206548 0812206541 0812243986 9780812243987
OCLC Number: 794700786
Language Note: In English.
Notes: OldControl:muse9780812206548.
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Introduction --
Chapter 1. Marriage and Remarriage in the Later Middle Ages --
Chapter 2. Bigamous Husbands --
Chapter 3. Abandoned Wives --
Chapter 4. Why Commit Bigamy? --
Chapter 5. Why Prosecute Bigamy? --
Conclusion: Christian Identity at the End of the Middle Ages --
Appendix: Selected Transcriptions from a Register of the Officiality of Troyes --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index --
Acknowledgments.
Series Title: Middle Ages series.
Responsibility: Sara McDougall.
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This book investigates the earliest known prosecutions of bigamy. In fifteenth-century Champagne, ordinary Christians valued marriage enough to risk criminal prosecution for illegal remarriage.  Read more...

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