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The Medieval Idea of Marriage$
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Christopher N. L. Brooke

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205043

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205043.001.0001

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Towards a Theology of Marriage 1

Towards a Theology of Marriage 1

(p.258) 11 Towards a Theology of Marriage1
The Medieval Idea of Marriage

Christopher N. L. Brooke

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews some of the most important points and evidence disclosed by the medieval witnesses of marriage. Although limited evidence was derived from the silence of these chief witnesses, it is undeniable that they have helped in moulding thoughts and history as well as in testing the existing views and assumptions on marriage and the theology of marriage. In this chapter, the theology of marriage is discussed and reviewed through the story of Heloise; the Church laws of popes Adrian IV, Alexander III, and Innocent III; the literature of Wolfram von Eschenbach; the practices of the Capetian Kings; the sacrament of Hugh of St Victor; and the paintings of Jan van Eyck. In this chapter, the history of marriage, the Church intervention of human relationships and matrimony, the predicaments of mixed marriages, the marriage as a sacrament, and the concept that marriage is a way of life or a process and not just an event.

Keywords:   theology of marriage, marriage, history of marriage, Church, mixed marriages, sacrament

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