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The Holy HouseholdWomen and Morals in Reformation Augsburg$
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Lyndal Roper

Print publication date: 1991

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202806

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202806.001.0001

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Weddings and the Control of Marriage *

Weddings and the Control of Marriage *

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The Holy Household

Lyndal Roper

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on the transformation of the role of marriage in the society. During the Reformation in Augsburg, marriage was placed at the heart of economic, moral, and social ordering. For both sexes, independence within the household was tied to marriage. Moreover, the importance of weddings and other rituals and festivity in the society increased. However, this conflicted with the definitions of masterhood in the place of marriage. Furthermore, the forms of wedding celebration provided a complex echo of some of the shifts in belief and the effects of the moral reformist movement in Augsburg. There were changes in wedding rituals and festivity in Augsburg caused by the Reformation. Some changes were institutional and even concerned with the new Church, the Council, and the guilds. Furthermore, other conflicts revolved around sexual relations on what it ought to mean to be a man or a woman.

Keywords:   marriage, rituals, weddings, Augsburg, festivity, moral reformist, masterhood, sexual relations, Reformation

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