Law, Sex and Christian Society in Mediaeval Europe
By (author) James A. Brundage
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Law, Sex and Christian Society in Mediaeval Europe by James A. Brundage
Book DescriptionThis monumental study of medieval law and sexual conduct explores the origin and develpment of the Christian church's sex law and the systems of belief upon which that law rested. Focusing on the Church's own legal system of canon law, James A. Brundage offers a comprehensive history of legal doctrines-covering the millennium from A.D. 500 to 1500-concerning a wide variety of sexual behavior, including marital sex, adultery, homosexuality, concubinage, prostitution, masturbation, and incest. His survey makes strikingly clear how the system of sexual control in a world we have half-forgotten has shaped the world in which we live today. The regulation of marriage and divorce as we know it today, together with the outlawing of bigamy and polygamy and the imposition of criminal sanctions on such activities as sodomy, fellatio, cunnilingus, and bestiality, are all based in large measure upon ideas and beliefs about sexual morality that became law in Christian Europe in the Middle Ages. "Brundage's book is consistently learned, enormously useful, and frequently entertaining. It is the best we have on the relationships between theological norms, legal principles, and sexual practice."-Peter Iver Kaufman, Church History
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226077840
(240mm x 168mm x 39mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1990
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James A. Brundage
Medieval Origins of the Legal Profession, Paperback (April 2010)
Traces the history of legal practice from its genesis in ancient Rome to its rebirth in the early Middle Ages and eventual resurgence in the courts of the medieval church. This title demonstrates that many features that characterize legal advocacy were already in place by 1250.
Chronicle of Henry of Livonia, Paperback (December 2003)
The only English translation available of the most important first-hand account of the "Northern Crusades" in the Baltic states has finally been reprinted, with additional maps and a revised introduction by James A. Brundage. Henry's chronicle is the only surviving evidence for many episodes in the early stages of Christendom in the Eastern Baltic.
Handbook of Medieval Sexuality, Paperback (February 2000)
The absorbing subject of sexuality in the Middle Ages is examined here in 19 original articles written specifically for this handbook by major authorities in the field.
Sexual Practices and the Medieval Church, Paperback (September 1982)» View all books by James A. Brundage
Analysing the Christian assumptions about sexuality, this book chronicles the early institutionalisation of these assumptions, and explores the theological debate of the meaning of marriage and the role of sex in marriage. It concludes with an overview of late medieval sex practices as seen in the literature of the period and demographic studies.
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Author Biography - James A. Brundage
James A. Brundage is the Ahmanson-Murphy Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History and Law at the University of Kansas. He is the author of nine books, including "The Medieval Origins of the Legal Profession: Canonists, Civilians, and Courts," also published by the University of Chicago Press.
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