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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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Discipline and Marital Disharmony

Discipline and Marital Disharmony

(p.165) 5 Discipline and Marital Disharmony
The Holy Household

Lyndal Roper

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the situation of marital dispute during the Reformation. Marriage was newly reformed, but it remained to behave in a disorderly way. This dissonance was attributed to the Council's policy on marriage. The Council's marriage policy caused confusion and it was originated from the different and incompatible traditions it drew. In 1537, the Augsburg Council tried to reorganize the control of marriage in the wake of its take-over of jurisdiction from the church courts. Moreover, Augsburg instituted a Marriage Court and permitted divorce in certain circumstances. However, control on marriage was not so easily accomplished in the case of marriage disputes and the policy of the Council on marriage faltered between three different perceptions of marriage: the religious heritage; the guild-influenced views of marriage; and its own pragmatic tradition of settling marital and property disputes. These contradictions affected the political dilemmas in Augsburg during 1530s and 1540s.

Keywords:   marriage, marital dispute, marriage policy, Augsburg Council, jurisdiction, church courts, Marriage Court, Reformation, Augsburg

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