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Married Life in the Middle Ages, 900-1300

Elisabeth van Houts


This book contains an analysis of the experience of married life by men and women in Christian medieval Europe c. 900–1300. The focus will be on the social and emotional life of the married couple rather than on the institutional history of marriage. The book consists of three parts: the first part (Getting Married) is devoted to the process of getting married and wedding celebrations, the second part (Married Life) discusses the married life of lay couples and clergy, their sexuality, and any remarriage, while the third part (Alternative Living) explores concubinage and polygyny as well as th ... More

Keywords: lived experience of married life, making of marriage, role of consent, arranged marriage, clerical marriage, single life

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198798897
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198798897.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elisabeth van Houts, author
Honorary Professor in European Medieval History, University of Cambridge

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