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To Have and to Hold

To Have and to Hold
Marrying and its Documentation in Western Christendom, 400–1600

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Agnes S. Arnórsdóttir, Art Cosgrove, Judith Evans-Grubbs, R. H. Helmholz, Martha C. Howell, David G. Hunter, Cynthia Johnson, Thomas Kuehn, Laurent Morelle, Frederik Pedersen, Philip L. Reynolds, John Witte, Jr
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  • Date Published: February 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521867368

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  • This volume analyzes how, why, and when pre-modern Europeans documented their marriages - through property settlements, prenuptial contracts, court testimony, church weddings, and more. The authors consider both the function of documentation in the process of marrying and what the surviving documents say about pre-modern marriage. After analyzing the foundations of Western marriage set by Roman law and Patristic theology, the chapters provide vivid case studies of marital documents and practices in medieval France, England, Iceland, and Ireland, and in Renaissance Florence, Douai, and Geneva.

    • Its sweep from 4001600 with a sustained argument and demonstration
    • Its deliberate interdisciplinary approach
    • Its inclusion and critical analysis of English translations of many newly discovered engagement and marriage documents
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    "...(T)he volume offers a rich analysis of marriage in the West and provides a particularly useful resource to the academic and less specialized audiences."
    Cristina Mitrovici, Comitatus

    ...a marvelous contribution to our understanding of medieval marriage traditions based on an analysis of the documents that preserve them." --Journal of Interdisciplinary Hisotry

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521867368
    • length: 536 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 165 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.884kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Marrying and its documentation in pre-modern Europe: consent, celebration, and property Philip L. Reynolds
    2. Marrying and its documentation in later Roman law Judith Evans-Grubbs
    3. Marrying and the tabulae nuptiales in Roman North Africa from Tertullian to Augustine David G. Hunter
    4. Dotal Charters in the Frankish tradition Philip L. Reynolds
    5. Marriage and diplomatics: five Dower Charters from the regions of Laon and Soissons, 1163–81 Laurent Morelle
    6. Marriage agreements from twelfth-century Southern France Cynthia Johnson
    7. Marriage contracts in medieval England R. H. Helmholz
    8. Marriage contracts and the church courts of fourteenth-century England Frederik Pedersen
    9. Marrying and marriage litigation in medieval Ireland Art Cosgrove
    10. Marriage contracts in medieval Iceland Agnes S. Arnórsdóttir
    11. Contracting marriage in Renaissance Florence Thomas J. Kuehn
    12. Marital property law as sociocultural text: the case of late-medieval Douai Martha C. Howell
    13. Marriage contracts, liturgies, and properties in Reformation Geneva John Witte, Jr

  • Editors

    Philip L. Reynolds, Emory University, Atlanta

    John Witte, Emory University, Atlanta


    Agnes S. Arnórsdóttir, Art Cosgrove, Judith Evans-Grubbs, R. H. Helmholz, Martha C. Howell, David G. Hunter, Cynthia Johnson, Thomas Kuehn, Laurent Morelle, Frederik Pedersen, Philip L. Reynolds, John Witte, Jr

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