The Knight, the Lady, and the Priest: The Making of Modern Marriage in Medieval France

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Pantheon Books, 1983 - Marriage - 311 pages
"Until the Middle Ages, a king could marry his first cousin, a priest could have a wife and several concubines, and a nobleman could banish a wife if she didn't produce a son. Marriage was an instrument of control in the hands of kings and noblemen, who used it to keep their power intact; to gain land, wealth, and authority; and to bind women to the partiarchal system".

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Barbara Bray (née Jacobs) was born on November 24, 1924 in Paddington, London. She died on February 25, 2010. Bray was an English translator and critic. She translated the correspondence of Gustave Flaubert, and work by leading French speaking writers of her own time including Marguerite Duras, Amin Maalouf, Julia Kristeva, Michel Quint, Jean Anouilh, Michel Tournier, Jean Genet, Alain Bosquet, Réjean Ducharme and Philippe Sollers. She received the PEN Translation Prize in 1986. She had a personal and professional relationship with the married Samuel Beckett that continued for the rest of his life, and Bray was one of the few people with whom he discussed his work. Bray suffered a stroke at the end of 2003, but despite this disability she continued to write Beckett's memoirs, Let Mortals Rejoice..., which she could not complete. Bray recorded some of her reflections about Beckett in a series of conversations with her friend, Marek Kedzierski, from 2004 to 2009. Excerpts have been published in many languages, but not English as of yet.

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