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Bigamy and Christian identity in late medieval Champagne, Sara McDougall

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Bigamy and Christian identity in late medieval Champagne
Title
Bigamy and Christian identity in late medieval Champagne
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Sara McDougall
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Language
eng
Summary
The institution of marriage is commonly thought to have fallen into crisis in late medieval northern France. While prior scholarship has identified the pervasiveness of clandestine marriage as the cause, Sara McDougall contends that the pressure came overwhelmingly from the prevalence of remarriage in violation of the Christian ban on divorce, a practice we might call "bigamy." Throughout the fifteenth century in Christian Europe, husbands and wives married to absent or distant spouses found new spouses to wed. In the church courts of northern France, many of the individuals so married were criminally prosecuted. In Bigamy and Christian Identity in Late Medieval Champagne, McDougall traces the history of this conflict in the diocese of Troyes and places it in the larger context of Christian theology and culture. Multiple marriage was both inevitable and repugnant in a Christian world that forbade divorce and associated bigamy with the unchristian practices of Islam or Judaism. The prevalence of bigamy might seem to suggest a failure of Christianization in late medieval northern France, but careful study of the sources shows otherwise: Clergy and laity alike valued marriage highly. Indeed, some members of the laity placed such a high value on the institution that they were willing to risk criminal punishment by entering into illegal remarriage. The risk was great: the Bishop of Troyes's judicial court prosecuted bigamy with unprecedented severity, although this prosecution broke down along gender lines. The court treated male bigamy, and only male bigamy, as a grave crime, while female bigamy was almost completely excluded from harsh punishment. As this suggests, the Church was primarily concerned with imposing a high standard on men as heads of Christian households, responsible for their own behavior and also that of their wives
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CN8ML
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McDougall, Sara
Dewey number
306.84/1094431
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
HQ980.5.F8
LC item number
M33 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Marriage (Canon law)
  • Marriage
  • Bigamy (Canon law)
  • Bigamy
  • HISTORY
  • Bigamy
  • Bigamy (Canon law)
  • Marriage
  • Marriage (Canon law)
  • France
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Bigamy and Christian identity in late medieval Champagne, Sara McDougall
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OldControl:muse9780812206548
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not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Conclusion: Christian Identity at the End of the Middle Ages
  • Appendix: Selected Transcriptions from a Register of the Officiality of Troyes
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Marriage and Remarriage in the Later Middle Ages
  • Chapter 2. Bigamous Husbands
  • Chapter 3. Abandoned Wives
  • Chapter 4. Why Commit Bigamy?
  • Chapter 5. Why Prosecute Bigamy?
Control code
794700786
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (240 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812206548
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.9783/9780812206548
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not applicable
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not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794700786
Label
Bigamy and Christian identity in late medieval Champagne, Sara McDougall
Publication
Note
OldControl:muse9780812206548
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Conclusion: Christian Identity at the End of the Middle Ages
  • Appendix: Selected Transcriptions from a Register of the Officiality of Troyes
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • Index
  • Acknowledgments
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Marriage and Remarriage in the Later Middle Ages
  • Chapter 2. Bigamous Husbands
  • Chapter 3. Abandoned Wives
  • Chapter 4. Why Commit Bigamy?
  • Chapter 5. Why Prosecute Bigamy?
Control code
794700786
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (240 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812206548
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
10.9783/9780812206548
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)794700786

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