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Spiritual Marriage (Paperback)

Sexual Abstinence in Medieval Wedlock

Ancient History > Late Antiquity & Byzantium > Early Christianity & Patristics P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval Religion P&S History > Medieval World > Viking & Early Medieval Europe

Imprint: Princeton University Press
Pages: 392
ISBN: 9780691010885
Published: 16th October 1995
Casemate UK Academic


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The early Christian and medieval practice of spiritual marriage, in which husband and wife mutually and voluntarily relinquish sexual activity for reasons of piety, plays an important role in the development of the institution of marriage and in the understanding of female religiosity. Drawing on hagiography, chronicles, theology, canon law, and pastoral sources, Dyan Elliott traces the history of spiritual marriage in the West from apostolic times to the beginning of the sixteenth century.

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