Law, Sex and Christian Society in Mediaeval Europe by James A. Brundage
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Law, Sex and Christian Society in Mediaeval Europe
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Law, Sex and Christian Society in Mediaeval Europe by James A. Brundage

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This 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 Details

ISBN: 9780226077840
ISBN-10: 0226077845
Format: Paperback
(240mm x 168mm x 39mm)
Pages: 698
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-May-1990
Country of Publication: United States

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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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