The Middle Ages are often viewed as a repository of tradition, yet what we think of as traditional marriage was far from the only available alternative to the single state in medieval Europe. Many people lived together in long-term, quasimarital heterosexual relationships, unable to marry if one was in holy orders or if the partners were of different religions. Social normThe Middle Ages are often viewed as a repository of tradition, yet what we think of as traditional marriage was far from the only available alternative to the single state in medieval Europe. Many people lived together in long-term, quasimarital heterosexual relationships, unable to marry if one was in holy orders or if the partners were of different religions. Social norms militated against the marriage of master to slave or between individuals of very different classes, or when the couple was so poor that they could not establish an independent household. Such unions, where the protections that medieval law furnished to wives (and their children) were absent, were fraught with danger for women in particular, but they also provided a degree of flexibility and demonstrate the adaptability of social customs in the face of slowly changing religious doctrine.Unmarriages draws on a wide range of sources from across Europe and the entire medieval millennium in order to investigate structures and relations that medieval authors and record keepers did not address directly, either in order to minimize them or because they were so common as not to be worth mentioning. Ruth Mazo Karras pays particular attention to the ways women and men experienced forms of opposite-sex union differently and to the implications for power relations between the genders. She treats legal and theological discussions that applied to all of Europe and presents a vivid series of case studies of how unions operated in specific circumstances to illustrate concretely what we can conclude, how far we can speculate, and what we can never know....
|Title||:||Unmarriages: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in the Middle Ages|
|Number of Pages||:||296 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Unmarriages: Women, Men, and Sexual Unions in the Middle Ages Reviews
Another really good look and various types of unions in the middle ages and how they were similar and different from our own today. If you read historical romance, this is a good background book about actual relations between couples in the time period. I also found it amazing how many supposed marriages for life weren't and honestly, divorce or the equivalent was just as prevalent then as it is now. Ironically in English history, Henry VIII's take-over of the English church to get his own divorce pretty much messed up divorce for everybody else who came after. However the words for the day with this book would be "Annulment" and "Non-contract" and depending on your family was and how much power you had determined who had to stay married, who did not count as married and who could get out of a bad marriage if they wanted to and interestingly it wasn't always the men who won or tried to get out of it.
Karras delves into the world of sexual relationships in the medieval ages in which people did not marry. I found this really interesting and easy to read. Also it is a topic that I did not know a whole lot about but I felt she did a good job in informing the reader about the topic.