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

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This ambitious study sets out to discover what marriage meant in the daily lives of the nobles of the tenth, eleventh, and twelfth centuries. Through entertaining anecdotes, family dramas, and striking quotations, Duby succeeds in bringing his subjects to life, making us feel as if we understand the motives and conflicts of those who inhabited the distant past.

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Paperback, 332 pages
Published January 15th 1994 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 1981)
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Mary Catelli
The mutations of marriage in the eleventh and twelfth century.

A somewhat difficult matter to trace, because all the records, of course, come from priests, bishops, and other clerks. Which is to say, from one side of the marriage debate. The nobles wanted to go merrily on with their own practices, including abduction, repudiation, and concubinage. And the clergy, many of whom were not too keen on this whole sex business, were trying to drag into somewhat in conformity into their own notions of pr
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Pepe
L'indagine del Duby, pur limitata nel tempo - secoli X-XII - e nello spazio - Francia del nord - illustra l'evoluzione che in quell'epoca investì il matrimonio da fatto esclusivamente profano a sacramento della Chiesa - con l'accettazione, non senza resistenze, da parte dei cavalieri, perché solo dei nobili abbiamo qualche notizia, della progressiva ingerenza della Chiesa nei fatti riguardanti il matrimonio, non perdendo tuttavia esso il suo scopo ultimo di controllo sociale e perpetuarsi delle ...more
Béatrice
= le mariage dans la féodalité, un peu trop pointu pour moi, fastidieux
Sharon
This is an interesting look at the Church's and the aristocracy's view of marriage as it evolved over several centuries in medieval France. The Church viewed marriage as, quite literally, a necessary evil. The aristocracy saw marriage as a way to foster alliances and protect property. (Sons of concubines couldn't inherit, but sons of wives could.) Both used marriage as a means of social control of both women and men.
Anya
Not the most fun read. (just goes on and on).
Interesting in terms of the ideas.
Enlightening to see where and how Church comes (well, came) in, into the equation along with marriage.
Mathieu
Dans ce livre, Duby nous raconte le Moyen Age. Ils nous fait pénétrer dans les mentalités médiévales avec un réel talent de conteur.
Daya
Bylo to sice zajímavé, ale asi bych spokojila s třetinovým výtahem.
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