Marriage in Europe, 1400-1800

Edited by Silvana Seidel Menchi

© 2016

Drawing on the extensive and underused body of legal records on marriage that exist in Europe’s ecclesiastical and secular archives, Marriage in Europe, 1400–1800 examines the institution not just as it was theorized by jurists and theologians, but as it was lived in reality.

A comparative history that examines England, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Low Countries, and Sweden, this volume features the extensive and meticulous research of twelve leading international experts in the field. Their essays make use of material from thirty-one European archives, as well as a range of canons and decretals, poems, letters, novels, and treatises, to offer a history of marriage, both Catholic and Protestant. Edited by Silvana Seidel Menchi, this collection is an essential resource for those interested in the history of marriage in Christian Europe.

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Marriage in Europe, 1400–1800 examines the institution not just as it was theorized by jurists and theologians, but as it was lived in reality.

Marriage in Europe, 1400-1800

Edited by Silvana Seidel Menchi

© 2016

Drawing on the extensive and underused body of legal records on marriage that exist in Europe’s ecclesiastical and secular archives, Marriage in Europe, 1400–1800 examines the institution not just as it was theorized by jurists and theologians, but as it was lived in reality.

A comparative history that examines England, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the Low Countries, and Sweden, this volume features the extensive and meticulous research of twelve leading international experts in the field. Their essays make use of material from thirty-one European archives, as well as a range of canons and decretals, poems, letters, novels, and treatises, to offer a history of marriage, both Catholic and Protestant. Edited by Silvana Seidel Menchi, this collection is an essential resource for those interested in the history of marriage in Christian Europe.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 424 pages
  • Illustrations: 7
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.3in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘Excellent collection… Highly recommended.’


    M.E. Wiesner-Hanks
    Choice Magazine vol 54:07:2017

    "Collectively, the articles in this volume cover immense ground geographically, temporally, ideologically, and religiously. There is, however, a firm foundation, a consistency of approach, and thematic guidelines that provide a clear articulation of marriage during this period of tumultuous change."


    Jacqueline Murray, University of Guelph
    University of Toronto Quarterly, vol 87 3, Summer '18

    "The diversity of the studies is one of the great strengths of the book. The mosaic-like portrayal of marriage and the variety of methods used by writers from eight different historiographical cultures and ten different schools offer inspiration for future research."


    Dalma Bódai, Eötvös Loránd University
    The Sixteenth Century Journal, Vol xlix, no 2, Summer 2018

    "The single chapters in Marriage in Europe draw on a wide range of material and offer deep analysis of sources. The authors carefully balance prescriptive sources with documents of practice that shed light on the lived experience of pre-modern marriage…Marriage in Europe unequivocally establishes that marriage has a history and anyone interested in this history should refer first to this volume."


    Liise Lehtsalu, University of East Anglia
    European History Quarterly, Vol. 48 no 4, 2018

    "Marriage in Europe is an excellent collection of articles on marriage in early modern Europe. The chapters are consistently of high quality and provide a superb synthesis that should be of interest to a wide range of readers."


    Jeffrey Watt, Department of History, University of Mississippi
  • Author Information

    Silvana Seidel Menchi is a professor emerita in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History at the University of Pisa.
  • Table of contents

    Preface
    Silvana Seidel Menchi

    Introduction
    Silvana Seidel Menchi

    Section I: Continuity and Change
    1. The Legal Background: European Marriage Law from the Sixteenth to the Nineteenth Century 
    Charles Donahue Jr. (Harvard Law School)
    2. Marriage in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation from the Fifteenth to the Eighteenth Century: Moral, Legal and Political Order 
    Heide Wunder (University of Kassel)
    3. Marriage in Italy 
    Daniela Lombardi (University of Pisa)
    4. The Legal Regulation of Marriage in England: From the Fifteenth Century to the 1640s 
    Richard H. Helmholz (University of Chicago Law School)

    Section II: Licit and Illicit
    5. Marriage Formation: Law and Custom in the Low Countries 1500-1700 
    Manon van der Heijden (University of Leiden)
    6. Competing Logics of Public Order: Matrimony and the Fight against Illicit Sexuality in Germany and Switzerland from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century 
    Susanna Burghartz (University of Basel)
    7. Marriage and Love in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Spain 
    Jesús M. Usunáriz (University of Navarra)
    8. Marriage in Sweden 1400–1700: Formalism, Collectivism and Control 
    Mia Korpiola (University of Helsinski)

    Section III: Uniformity and Singularity
    9. Marriage in France from the Sixteenth to the Eighteenth Century: Political and Juridical Aspects 
    Anne Lefebvre-Teillard (University of Paris Law School)
    10. Mixed Marriages in Early Modern Europe 
    Cecilia Cristellon (University of Frankfurt)
    11. Conjugal Experiments in Europe 1400–1800
    Silvana Seidel Menchi (University of Pisa)

    Conclusion
    Silvana Seidel Menchi

    Bibliography and Abbreviations
    Subject Index
    Index of Historical Names

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