Marriage, Family and Law in Medieval Europe: Collected Studies

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University of Toronto Press, 1996 - Family & Relationships - 330 pages
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The family has become a subject of increasing scrutiny in recent years, giving special relevance to this work by the late Michael Sheehan. Collected here for the first time, Sheehan's papers contain the fruits of a forty-year-long career of archival research and interpretation of documents on property, marriage, family, sexuality, and law in medieval Europe. Marked by an early orientation and developing focus on the status of women in the Middle Ages, the work of Michael Sheehan displays a unique tapestry of the social and legal realities of medieval marriages and family life.
Sheehan's research focused on the parallel study and interpretation of Church law and cases drawn from ecclesiastical court registers. By analysing the emergence of the last will as a legal and social document, he brought a new interpretation to the definition and codification of Christian marriage and the family and how these institutions functioned in society. Although his approach was largely by way of canon law, he was invariably at pains to incorporate solid support from such related fields as theology, the social and popular history of religion, and the history of sexuality and sexual behaviour. As a result, these essays throw light on many social realities in medieval Europe and illustrate the development of a methodology for others to follow.

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
16
Section 4
31
Section 5
38
Section 6
75
Section 7
77
Section 8
87
Section 11
199
Section 12
211
Section 13
247
Section 14
262
Section 15
278
Section 16
292
Section 17
311
Section 18
318

Section 9
118
Section 10
177
Section 19
324

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About the author (1996)

Michael M. Sheehan was Senior Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

James K. Farge is Senior Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto. Michael M. Sheehan was Senior Fellow of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

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